United States Army Recruiting Command April 2010
All American Bowl Set
for Future Soldiers
COMMANDING GENERAL | RJ
Future Soldiers -
U.S. Army Recruiting Command
Members of Team from Day 1
Maj. Gen. Donald M. Campbell Jr. know that I addressed this topic in March, we did this year. It can certainly be a challenge
but I’d like to begin my column again by to keep them interested and engaged. This
16 Public Affairs Officer:
S. Douglas Smith
addressing suicide prevention and the issue highlights several physical fitness and
resources available to everyone in this com- motivational FSTP activities recruiters have
mand, because sadly we have had two Soldiers implemented. They are a few examples of the
Editor: take their lives this year. many great Future Soldier programs you have
Julia Bobick We held a stand down day to focus on across the command. If you have a program
PHOTO CREDITS CLOCKWISE FROM THE LEFT: JULIA BOBICK; JORGE GOMEZ, MILWAUKEE BN; JONATHAN AGEE, 1ST BDE
Associate Editor: these resources and more, and I directed that is working well, I encourage you to share
Fonda Bock monthly risk assessment counseling to ensure it across your units. Make it a team sport. Get
that our leaders talk one-on-one to every your interested spouses and family members
The Recruiter Journal (ISSN 0747-573X) Soldier in this command. involved in your FSTP
is authorized by Army Regulation 360-1 I did not implement this activities; FS families can
for members of the U.S. Army Recruiting requirement as just another learn from yours and begin
Command. Contents of this publication are paperwork drill. It’s critical to understand how impor-
18 not necessarily official views of, or endorsed
by, the U.S. Government, Department of
that leaders at every level
know their Soldiers and ask
tant family is to the Army.
Just as important to
Defense, Department of the Army, or the the tough questions in order keeping Future Soldiers
FEATURES U.S. Army Recruiting Command. to understand what’s going
on in their world. This type
motivated to ship is ac-
cepting that not all Future
International Recruiting Summit 8 The Recruiter Journal is published monthly
by the U.S. Army Recruiting Command
of counseling is already hap-
pening across much of the
Soldiers will ship or even
should ship. We can be
USAREC hosts recruiting representatives from nine Public Affairs Office. command, but it needs to selective in this environ-
8 nations for collaboration and to share innovations.
Send submissions and correspondence to
Editor, Recruiter Journal
be happening everywhere at
every leadership level. Re-
ally knowing your Soldiers
ment; if you know that a
Future Soldier is just not
ready for the commitment,
What not to post. Building 1307, Third Avenue is key to getting out in front we have others waiting who
Fort Knox, KY 40121-2726. of many of the challenges are ready. Don’t hold on to
April 2010 Volume 62, Issue 4 Sexting 11 Phone: (502) 626-0172, DSN 536.
we face. a recruit who’s not right for our Army. If he
We must never leave a fallen comrade or she is a loss, accept it, report it as soon as
Inappropriate text messages between recruiters and www.usarec.army.mil/hq/apa/journal.htm behind. possible and move on.
applicants/recruits lead to Article 15s. I cannot say it enough – there will be no The further out we take the loss, the better
Deadline for submission of material is the stigma in this command for seeking help, it is for the Army. Last-minute Future Soldier
Basic Training Web Series 12 first week of the month prior to publication. whoever you are and whatever the issue. Every losses translate into last-minute training seat
DEPARTMENTS Goarmy.com webisodes allow prospects to ask questions one of you is important to me, to your fami- vacancies, which cost the Army tens of thou-
Printed circulation: 13,200. lies, to your team, to this command and to our sands of dollars – each. While we don’t want
and receive honest answers from Soldiers about basic
4 Recruiting News Army. If you or your family needs help, don’t to take a loss, at the right time and under the
combat training. Periodicals postage paid at Fort Knox, Ky., be afraid to ask. right circumstances, it’s the right thing to do,
5 Command Sergeant Major
and at additional mailing office. Looking out for each other extends beyond but we should be mindful of the consequences
6 Chaplain “Resiliency” Future Soldier Fitness 13 making the numbers. We are leaders and of putting losses off until the last minute.
7 Pro-Talk “Opportunities for 79R NCOs” Recruiters share variety of ways they keep Future POSTMASTER - Send address changes to: Soldiers 24/7 in our Army and we need to Once again, thank you to everyone on the
Cdr, U.S. Army Recruiting Command take care of ourselves and each other on and team for all your hard work. As we begin the
22 Family “Keeping Children Safe” Soldiers engaged, interested and fit until they ship.
ATTN: RCMEO-PA (Recruiter Journal) off duty. third quarter we are well-positioned for an-
24 Safety “Ready to Ride?”
25 Field File Future Soldier Olympics 15 1307 Third Avenue
Fort Knox, KY 40121-2725
I encourage you to pass this on to your
Future Soldiers as well, as you inculcate them
other successful year. And congratulations to
all of our noncommissioned officers who have
Future Soldier event emphasizes the importance of with the Warrior Ethos and Army Values. reenlisted this year and helped us make our
30 News Briefs
physical fitness and teamwork, involves parents and Feedback: We want to hear from you. We should treat them like members of our retention mission six months early! I believe
32 Salutes families. Send your comments, ideas and story team from day one, letting them know we care that speaks volumes about this team and your
34 The Test suggestions to the editor at julia.bobick@ about them and their future success. commitment to our Army.
Transferring Education Benefits 20 usarec.army.mil. We have a significant number of Future
Soldiers in the entry pool and we will likely
I am proud to serve with this great team!
Thanks for all you do every day to “Provide
How to pay for your spouse and children’s education Find us on Facebook: enter Fiscal Year 2011 with even more than the Strength.”Hooah! Army Strong!
ON THE COVER: Future Soldier Jimmy Butler of College Park Recruiting Station does pull- using the Post 9-11 GI Bill. www.facebook.com/usarec
ups during Atlanta Company’s FS Olympics. Photo by Capt. Troy Jones, Atlanta Company
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RJ | RECRUITING NEWS COMMAND SERGEANT MAJOR | RJ
Private Insurance Riders Can Save GOV Operators Army Recruiting
Out-of-Pocket Expenses in Event of At-Fault Accident Multimedia DVD v2.5
Any operator of a government-owned Such endorsements/riders cannot be The Army Recruiting Multime-
vehicle (GOV) who is found to be at paid for by the government, but are avail- dia DVD version 2.5 will be released
fault as a result of an accident resulting in able to GOV operators whether a Soldier, in May. This new version replaces all
damage to a GOV may have to forfeit up civilian employee or contractor. previous versions. This product is pack-
to one month’s pay under the provisions of The U.S. government does not endorse aged with two DVDs and supports the
Chapter 13, Financial Liability Investiga- any particular insurance company, but Army interview, FSR2S, REQUEST
tions of Property Loss (FLIPL) of AR operators of GOVs who wish to minimize and recruiter prospecting and lead-
735-5, Policies and Procedure for Property their exposure to the loss of up to one generation activities.
Accountability. month’s pay due to GOV accidents are Disc 1 supports the interview and
Some insurance companies offer policy- encouraged to look into purchasing private contains Web links, documents, slides,
holders the option of purchasing extended extended non-owned automobile insur- and more than 200 videos. (This version
non-owned automobile insurance en- ance endorsements/riders. includes 80+ updated MOS videos.)
dorsements or riders to cover the insured’s Estimated cost for endorsements/riders Disc 2, The Army Cinema DVD,
out-of-pocket expenses incurred when the will vary by insurance company from about contains 11 videos to support “Telling
insured operates a business/government $10 to $20 per month, but could be more the Army Story” for use during school
owned vehicle (company car). depending on the company. and career day presentations. This disc
can be played on a computer or com-
mercial DVD player.
DID YOU KNOW?
Each recruiting company com-
Puerto Rico Changing Birth Verification Procedures mander will receive a specific number
of DVD packages based on authorized
A new law to become effective July 1 will invalidate all birth certificates is- recruiter strength. The product will also irst off, I want to thank everyone for their participation in
sued before that date by the Puerto Rico Health Department, through its Vital be distributed to guidance counselors at It won’t be lost and the
what turned out to be a productive Safety Stand Down
Statistics Records Office. Until that date, all birth certificates will remain valid. each MEPS. new NCO won’t have to
March 12. I’ve received some very good feedback from it.
On July 1, the Vital Statistics Record Office will begin issuing new birth reinvent the wheel.
One of the tools introduced command wide that day is the
certificates incorporating state-of-the-art technology to limit the possibility of And just a friendly
document forgery. As it currently stands anyone scheduled to ship on or after USAREC Converting USAREC Risk Assessment Counseling booklet geared toward
helping everyone in this command — every NCO, officer and civil- reminder this month
July 1, will have to have the new certificate. USAREC G3 is advising that all
members of the DEP/DTP have a DD 372 submitted so their enlistment 238 79R/89R Positions ian — to first identify risky behaviors or conditions in their lives and
then seek help if they need it. Please know that whatever you are
that we need to stay
on top of our Future Command Sgt. Maj.
(ship) date is not affected. USAREC will convert 208 current Soldier seniors to make
sergeant first class 79R non-leadership facing, whether it’s careless driving habits, alcohol or drug depen-
The USAREC Message had not been published at the time of publication. sure they’re on track to
recruiting positions to staff sergeant dency, personal or family issues, you will not be punished for seeking
help. graduate this year. If they’re not, we need to make sure we’re
positions, and will convert 30 cur- being good leaders doing everything we can do — counsel-
rent master sergeant 89R positions to Our job as leaders is to help our subordinates identify risks and
Goarmy.com Web Team Wins Industry Marketing Award sergeant major positions. steer them toward assistance. This is not punishment. There is no ing and mentoring — to ensure our Future Soldiers are doing
everything they need to do to graduate.
These changes will become effective stigma attached. I encourage everyone to be honest with themselves
U.S. Army Accessions Command “Our online programs harness the and their leaders, because if we’re not honest, this tool won’t work. If they’re not going to be able to get their diploma, then let’s
social power of the Internet to keep Amer- on the FY 13 Army authorization doc- look at removing them from the books. Don’t wait until the
uments, and will be explained in greater Also last month, Maj. Gen. Campbell and I visited our recruit-
The 13 U.S. Army Accessions Com- ica’s Army strong and ready,” Freakley said ing forces in the Pacific Rim. We started out in Portland and then last minute. We cannot afford to have Future Soldier losses less
mand (USAAC) employees who comprise during the award ceremony. detail in an upcoming Recruiter Journal than 14 days out — that’s a lost training seat at a significant
article. What does this do for the 79R headed on to Hawaii, Guam and Korea. It had been years since
the Digital Division Web and Media The award capped a year of explosive anyone from the headquarters had personally visited the NCOs in financial cost to the Army.
Branch received the Human Capital growth for the digital division’s cyberspace Soldiers? It fixes the promotion pyra- If you’ve still got some NCO course requirements you need
mid and will afford more Soldiers the the islands and the Asian nation, so it was definitely time to pay
Management for Defense top honors in outreach initiatives, to include goarmy.com them a visit. to fulfill, it’s your responsibility to make sure during your pro-
February for “Most Innovative Recruit- and social media projects on Facebook and opportunity to be promoted to E9. fessional development counseling that your leaders are aware
They’re doing some great things there, and I was extremely happy
ment program” in the defense industry. MySpace. to see the closeness the recruiters and their families share. I truly you’re behind in your schooling and that you’re within the body
USAAC commander, Lt. Gen. Ben-
jamin C. Freakley, said he was pleased
The goarmy.com site generates 1.5 mil-
lion monthly hits, serves 10 million viewed
Battalion Battle Staff got the feeling, especially in Guam, that it was not just a unit, it was fat standards and are physically fit enough to attend the course.
Then we, as leaders, have to do everything within our power
really a family.
to see the team recognized for keeping
goarmy.com relevant and productive.
pages and more than 58,000 locate-a-
Sustainment Training One of things being done well in the Portland stations that we to get our NCOs scheduled for the next available class. Once
The USAREC G3 Training As- all need to be doing is using continuity books. scheduled for a class, NCOs have to show up. We cannot afford
sessment Division and members of the Using these books is important for first sergeants and station last minute cancellations because that’s a lost school seat we
National Voter Registration Act Guidance Recruiting and Retention School are commanders, but even more so at the NCO level. They’re the ones can’t get back.
preparing to launch battle staff sustain- out in their communities every day dealing with people. It’s impor- And finally, congratulations to the whole command for
According to the National Voter Registration Act, Armed Forces recruiting stations
ment training. Battalion staff members tant for them to document what they do in their environment and meeting the retention mission a half a year ahead of schedule.
will be locations where all U.S. citizens may obtain and fill out voter registration applica-
should read USAREC Manual 3 03, why, based on the lessons they’ve learned after trial and error during In my 30 years of service, this is the first time I’ve seen a unit
tions. Citizens may elect to take the application home to be filled out or accomplish the
Brigade and Battalion Operations, for a the one, two or three years of operating in that area. complete a mission six months in advance. And congratulations
task in the RS with assistance from RS personnel. In addition, all prospects will be asked
good understanding of what is to come. If they leave behind that product for their successor, we won’t and thanks to all the NCOs who reenlisted this year. It’s great
during the initial face-to-face interview if they are registered to vote.
lose all the knowledge gained after three or more years of service. to keep you on the team. Hooah!
Reference USAREC Msg 10-094.
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RJ | CHAPLAIN
When Tough Times Hit
By Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Doug Peterson
Resiliency. When the severest of trials come your way, how do you handle them?
I first met Dave Roever when he came to speak to the Fort Hood chaplains and chaplain’s assistants in
Countless times since then, I have had the pleasure of sharing his story via video with small groups
around the world — most recently with the heroes of Beaumont Company. It never fails to inspire and
Hoping to avoid ground combat during the Vietnam conflict, Dave joined the Navy. Shortly there-
after, however, he found himself at Coronado Island, Vietnam-bound and training for riverine warfare.
When he arrived in theater, his mission was to clear shoreline bunkers of the enemy.
On July 26, 1969 he pulled the pin on a white phosphorus hand grenade and was about to throw it
when a sniper’s bullet took a chunk out of his throwing hand. The grenade exploded six inches from his
head. The last I knew, folks are not supposed to survive an experience like that. But by the grace of God
He instantly lost 40 percent of his skin and 60 pounds of flesh, suffering horrible burns and disfigure-
ment to his face. From Vietnam to Japan to the Brooke Army Medical Center (BAMC) burn unit and in
subsequent years, Dave underwent a series of medical procedures.
A low point for him occurred shortly after his injuries when he asked for a mirror. In a drug-induced
state he reacted to the sight of his horrible facial burns and swelling by attempting suicide. He tells of
pulling out his IV and putting his head back to wait to die. As it turns out, he didn’t die, he got hungry.
He pulled the wrong tube. He had pulled out lunch.
Another crisis occurred in BAMC where he was sent, along with a dozen other burn victims. Of that
group only one survived. Dave tells of a man next to him whose wife came in and took one look at his
appearance, said that he would be an embarrassment to walk down the street with, took off her ring, laid
it between his feet, and walked out.
Dave’s immediate concern was how his own 19-year-old wife would respond. When his wife Brenda
arrived, she made sure the name on his wristband matched the name on the clipboard at the end of the
bed. Then she kissed his face, the most severely burned part of his body, and said, “I really love you. Wel-
come home, Davey!”
That was the turning point in his recovery.
For many years now, through his disfigurement and scars Roever has been telling
his story to military, school, church and other audiences.
When the How has he handled his circumstances? What strengths feed his resiliency,
even during earlier times of severe questioning and pleading for his scars to
severest of trials come disappear?
I simply list them here with the intent to amplify and elaborate on them
your way, how do you next month.
• A sense of humor.
handle them? • The unwavering support of his wife.
• A solid spiritual foundation — resting upon the sovereign goodness of God.
• An acceptance of those things he cannot change.
• The turning of lemons into lemonade.
• Developing new interests within the scope of his abilities.
Come back next month and we will continue Roever’s story and the encouragement it has
for those of us pursuing personal resiliency in the midst of the pain and challenges of life.
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USAREC Personnel Development Division, RRS-Forward
Regular Army recruiters can aspire to be station commanders, guidance counselors, first sergeants
and drill sergeants.
That’s correct — selected Regular Army recruiters may serve as drill sergeants and more.
In recent years, USAREC has developed and supported programs that offer assignments outside
USAREC. These assignments allow RA 79R noncommissioned officers to broaden their professional
development. Selected NCOs may serve as basic training first sergeants, as drill sergeants, and in Training
with Industry (TWI) positions.
USAREC announces these vacancies via USAREC messages and taskings. A USAREC board selects
Soldiers from among qualified applicants. The selection process is highly competitive, according to Charles
Price, Chief of 79R Personnel Development, Recruiting and Retention School–Forward.
“Soldiers serve as USAREC’s ambassadors while they serve in these positions,” Price said. “USAREC
encourages its best Soldiers to apply.”
The basic training first sergeant program places selected 79R master sergeants and first sergeants in basic
training units at Fort Jackson, S.C., for 24 months. Leaders assigned to these demanding positions provide
leadership critical to developing civilians into new Soldiers. The USAREC senior NCO slating process
places the NCO once his/her tour is complete.
Price says USAREC worked with the Human Resources Command (HRC) to develop the 79R drill
sergeant program. Soldiers chosen for this challenging program prepare young men and women for service
with the Army, Army Reserve and Army National Guard. Applicants
must meet prerequisites established by AR 614-200.
USAREC G1 will reassign Soldiers returning from drill sergeant
duty. Assignments will be based on the Soldier’s preference, assignment
availability and the 79R professional development model.
An NCO selected for the TWI program trains for one year with State
Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company at their corporate head-
quarters in Bloomington, Ill. The Soldier learns how to use the Learning
Management System (LMS) and virtual classroom server (VCS) soft-
ware. The Soldier learns how to facilitate online training and other skills.
Upon completion, USAREC assigns the Soldier to either the
USAREC Headquarters at Fort Knox, Ky., or the Recruiting and Reten-
tion School at Fort Jackson. The follow-on assignment allows the NCO
to apply his/her new skills in training development and delivery.
Opportunities are also available for assignment to deploying units to
fill taskings in the Army’s Worldwide Individual Augmentation System
(WIAS). Price said USAREC works with Army G3 to identify MOS-
immaterial positions that 79R Soldiers can fill.
Soldiers are assigned to deploying units using the temporary change
of station (TCS) system. USAREC G1 will reassign Soldiers returning
from these assignments. The follow-on assignment will be based on the
Soldier’s preference, assignment availability and the 79R professional
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International Sam Alexander
explains the graphics
work the Accessions
Support Brigade on
Fort Knox does for
the recruiting field
force - from making
banners and signs to
Story and photos by Julia Bobick BELOW: The USAREC
Editor G3 Deputy Director,
uring the third week of March, recruiting explains enlistment
representatives from 10 nations gathered at standards.
the USAREC headquarters at Fort Knox, “Our all-volunteer force in the United States is in our fourth
Ky., for the first time to engage in open dialogue and decade. We’ve learned a lot along the pathway to sustaining an
learn from one another about recruiting processes and all-volunteer force. … It is critically important to us that we share
technologies. lessons learned with our partners and allies, we want to learn from
“The command has always received foreign visitors you,” said Lt. Gen. Benjamin C. Freakley, commanding general,
interested in learning about how we recruit,” said Rick U.S. Army Accessions Command, who reinforced the idea of the
Ayer, director of USAREC commander’s initiatives open forum during his opening comments to the group via video-
group, and coordinator for the command’s first Inter- teleconference. “We shouldn’t just be the host and be the ones to
national Recruiting Summit. talk all the time. We don’t have the market on all the good ideas.”
In addition, he said the Army’s Recruiting and Discussions during the three-day event centered on five pri-
Retention School (RRS) at Fort Jackson, S.C., has for mary areas: the recruiting process and operations; market intel-
years had a program where recruiting leaders and non- ligence; marketing, public affairs and outreach; manning the force
commissioned officers travel to other countries, teach and training the recruiting force.
recruiting practices and help establish volunteer forces. The group talked about the shared challenges common across
During a visit to the RRS, Maj. Gen. Donald M. many of the countries, but was only able to briefly delve into po-
Campbell Jr., USAREC commanding general, had tential solutions to their individual issues because of the tightly-
a discussion with the Soldier packed schedule. Discussions filled the morning hours and each
Elizabethtown Support Institute commander afternoon the representatives rotated through tours of the U.S. their Army had been marketed as a career; he said they were
Recruiting Center about the multitude of in- Army Accessions Support Brigade on post, the Elizabethtown missing out on developing a link with business and industry to
Commander Sgt. 1st ternational visits to both the Recruiting Station, the Louisville Military Entrance Process- help sell it as a short-term job with future potential, such as the
Class James Alston Recruiting Command and the ing Station, and the command’s recruiting operations and cyber U.S. Army is doing with PaYS.
demonstrates one schoolhouse, and the idea came Campbell called the event “beyond his wildest dreams suc-
of the center’s video up to invite them all at once to “We’re all in the same business, we’re open to good ideas and cessful,” and said that he hopes this open forum of collaboration
games to General
collaborate and exchange ideas willing to share ideas that work,” said Brigadier J.T. Jackson, Di- will foster relationships not previously realized and serve both
Assistant Manager back and forth. rector of Recruiting and Training (Operations), United Kingdom. USAREC and its recruiting partners well in moving forward in
for Recruitment and The command invited 15 Jackson, who had previously visited the command as part of a both modernizing and establishing recruiting business practices.
Vocational Retraining countries to participate – some recruiting partnership exchange, said that after seeing USAREC’s “Just as we do among friends in our personal lives, we are act-
at the French Army that had already been working Partnership for Youth Success program the United Kingdom is ing as sounding boards for each other to ensure we do the right
Human Resource with the command and/or the working on changing the way it markets the Army. In the past thing, efficiently and accurately in the recruiting process.”
Management. RRS, as well as countries that Campbell added that he would like for the sum-
RIGHT: Master Sgt. had approached the Depart- mit to become an annual event and welcomed the
Patricia Crowe, USAREC ment of the Army and U.S. opportunity to once again host it next year.
Army Training and Doctrine
NCO, explains how Radcliff, Ky.,
the U.S. Army fills Command to learn more about
MOS and training seat recruiting. Company 1st
requirements Some of the invited coun- Sgt. Jason
tries have been recruiting for Stewart discusses
all-volunteer forces for some recruiting center
time, while others do not have operations with
or have been working toward representatives
establishing all-volunteer forces. from the
Representatives were able to Netherlands and
Taiwan at the
attend from nine nations: Afghanistan, Estonia, France, Germany,
Greece, Netherlands, Romania and Taiwan. Recruiting Center.
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Inappropriate & Illegal
Facebook By Capt. Patrick Lanham
USAREC Chief, Military Justice
This applies to any applicants or pros- Article 92, UCMJ.
pects, regardless if you knew them before Is this occurring in USAREC? Yes.
t is a fact of life that we live in an age they were applicants, if they are older, In the last three months alone, seven
By Mark J. Howell
where communication is no longer younger, or the same age as you, or wheth- USAREC Soldiers have been issued Ar-
USAREC Public Affairs
to face to face or even by telephone. We er they are even qualified for military ticle 15s, non-judicial punishment, by the
e-mail, we text, we access MySpace and we service if they are high school students. Commanding General of USAREC.
s we continue to dive deeper into the world of social networking,
follow Twitter. Paragraph 2-1a(1) outlines that the fol- One recruiter’s text basically tells the
you’ll find that you’ll learn something new about it every day.
I send, respond to, view, or immediately lowing activities are prohibited: “Any social applicant, “You bring the blanket. I’ll bring
You’ll start to notice things that generate interest and some that
delete around 75 to 100 e-mails I receive activity of a personal, unofficial nature.” the condoms.” Another recruiter sent
• Personally Identifiable Information on my USAREC/AKO e-mail account This paragraph gives examples of pro- pictures of himself to an applicant, but the
As your pages continue to grow and gather fans, there are things you
daily. hibited activities. It prohibits any romantic mother of the applicant opened the e-mail
need to keep in mind when posting items to your fan page walls. In this
month’s article, I’ll talk about some general rules of thumb on items you
• Local business advertising We don’t, however, lose our responsibil- or sexual conduct, sharing of lodging or with pictures of the shirtless recruiter
ity to follow Army or USAREC regula- personal vehicles, drinking alcoholic bev- displaying his favorite tattoos. In the same
should and shouldn’t post. • Local business endorsements erages, unofficial personal contact such as case, the applicant gave a sworn statement
As administrators of Facebook pages, there is one very important tions when we communicate with these
thing you need to realize. In essence, you are holding the keys to a public • Political advertisements resources. This article serves as a reminder entertainment, dining, recreation, dating, that the recruiter sent nude pictures to her.
to USAREC Soldiers and civilian employ- or other intimacies and allowing the entry All of these situations are examples of
Web site viewable by everyone with a computer, and with that you are
U.S. Army ambassadors. Therefore, a very important and general rule
• Political opinions ees to review and follow USAREC Regu- of any subject of a recruiting effort into inappropriate communications. Texts de-
the dwelling place of any recruiter.” scribing an applicant as cute or attractive
that should be followed with posting is: “Stay in your lane.” When • Political endorsements lation 600-25, Prohibited and Regulated
or setting up a meeting later in the night
posting things to your wall, it should have some sort of tie in with your Activities, effective Feb. 15, 2009.
organization, its people, the Army, and what it has to offer. • Comments on proposed legislation for a couple of drinks are inappropriate
and violate UR 600-25.
Over the past month, I’ve looked at a random sampling of pages
throughout the command, and have found a few instances of improper
• Inappropriate, disrespectful or vulgar content In the past 3 months alone, 7 Article 15s Violating UR 600-25 is a crime pun-
• Personal opinions on Army policies ishable by court-martial.
postings that I would like to address. There are things that should not be
posted or be allowed to remain on your pages. have been issued for unofficial social The two NCOs who were the sources
• Content unrelated to recruiting activities of the examples above were reduced from
First and foremost, ensure that you monitor your pages regularly. In
addition to safeguarding the personal information of those associated • Product endorsements
activity between recruiters and applicants. staff sergeants to sergeants. One of the
with your page, you should ensure that postings from others are respect- NCOs forfeited approximately $2,600
ful and contain no vulgarity. If you see these types of postings, remove • Unofficial social conversations with applicants It applies to and is binding on all over a two-month span; the other forfeited
military and civilian personnel assigned, When a recruiter deals with a Future $2,000. They each lost approximately $500
them immediately, and block them from posting on your page to prevent
it from happening again. • Inappropriate social conversations with attached, detailed, or on temporary Soldier/applicant, it should only be in an a month because of their reduction in
official business capacity. There should be rank. Over a year, that is close to $3,000 in
Solicitation is also a frequent problem on many organizations’ pages. applicants or Future Soldiers duty with the USAREC. Failure by any
NO social contact between any recruiter
If a local business posts an entry on your wall advertising a product or USAREC personnel to comply with its income. We all understand those numbers.
discount, even if it’s for veterans only, it should be removed from the • Inappropriate links and photos provisions may subject Soldiers to disci- and Future Soldier/applicant. Negative ramifications exist for the
plinary action under the Uniform Code Texting a high school applicant of the recruiting mission when parents, friends,
wall. As generous and relevant as it may seem, by doing so you are show- • Anything that reflects adversely on the of Military Justice and civilian employees opposite sex is perfectly fine if the subject relatives, teachers or school administra-
ing favoritism to their business, opening the gates to other businesses
to post similar items. This could turn your page into a marketplace, and individual Soldier, USAREC, or the Army to disciplinary or adverse actions under of the text is to inform the applicant of tors view text messages from recruiters
federal law and regulations. any appointments he/she needs to make attempting to “hook up” with high school
takes away the focus and importance of your page as a whole.
USAREC personnel should review at the recruiting station, or any paperwork students or other applicants.
Another form of solicitation you may receive is for support of
Chapter 2 of UR 600-25 to determine that the applicant needs to bring in. It can cut off USAREC’s ability to
proposed legislation. Politicians and their campaign managers will post
their right and left limits. If the subject of the text is to “hook up” recruit in the high school involved, but
items asking for support for themselves or an initiative they have, espe-
Paragraph 2-1, which specifically with the applicant later that night or to more importantly, it can give a perception
cially if it is related to servicemembers or veterans. Do not let them use
deals with unauthorized relationships, tell the applicant, “You looked really good to the general public that we are not living
your page as a “soap box.” As Soldiers, you’re not supposed to endorse
states that certain “activities with subjects in those jeans you were in earlier today,” it by our Army values, and this recruiter is a
any particular candidate or legislation, and the same rule should apply to
of recruiting efforts, including contacts is not an official communication. reflection of the Army as a whole. This is
and prospects (includes all high school This type of e-mail is direct evidence not the perception we want for USAREC
Again, to summarize and re-iterate, post only items that are relevant
students regardless of qualifications for that there is social activity of a personal or the Army.
to you as a recruiter, your organization, and the Army. That’s why people
military service), applicants, or members of or unofficial nature occurring between Remember to keep all communications
become fans of your page…to see what you’re doing and to learn more
the FSTP or sister service equivalent are the recruiter and applicant, which is a professional, official and of a nature that
about the Army. As always, if you need any assistance with your pages,
prohibited.” violation of UR 600-25 and a crime under creates a positive perception of the Army.”
feel free to e-mail me at email@example.com
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esearch shows that basic training is one of the primary fears of joining the Army.
Goarmy.com aims to help prospects overcome those fears through a new feature called
Straight from Basic Training.
The feature, which launched March 3, allows potential recruits to submit questions to be answered
by Soldiers in training and occasionally a drill sergeant. It also features a 10-part Webisode series, an
interactive obstacle course and links to basic fitness information.
“Basic training continually ranks as one of the most popular topics on goarmy.com,” said Suzanne
Nagel, Media and Web Chief, U.S. Army Accessions Command. “Prospects want to know what they
can do to prepare, whether drill sergeants will yell at them and what the living conditions are like,
among other things. We felt real answers from Soldiers in training would be the most honest ap-
The honest approach seems to be working. In the first week, the site logged more than 250 ques-
tions and more than 13,000 site visits. Each week, a new Webisode video is launched on goarmy.com
and a fresh set of video answers are posted to the site.
Straight from Basic Training was created and filmed by the USAAC Web team. Writer/editor
Rachael Tolliver and videographer Brent Griswell spent 10 weeks with Company C, 2nd Battalion,
46th Infantry Regiment at Fort Knox, highlighting key events during each week of training. The pair
followed five trainees from their first haircut through graduation for the Webisode series.
“We wanted to get it all to include the early morning training, the heat, the cold, the wet,” Tolliver
said. “If we are going to be honest with an audience we felt we needed to show as much of what train-
ees really experience as we could. We also talked to individual trainees after each major event to get
their take on what they just went through -- so the viewer has another perspective.”
Questions submitted to goarmy.com range from quirky and complex to straightforward and
simple. One user asks: Do you get to leave training to go shopping at the mall?” Another asks: “How
hard is basic training and what do you do on your free time?”
The trainees’ answers vary, too. About shopping at the mall, Pvt. Jessie Bridges says, “No, I’m sorry
but you don’t get to leave training to go to the mall cause you’re way too busy with all the training that
you have to do to graduate and you just don’t have the time really.”
Private Samuel Warren answers the next question: “Basic training is really not that hard. It’s all a
mind game as long as you keep your head focused on what you’re trying to accomplish here and don’t
think about home that often, because that just makes the time go slower, you’ll be fine ...”
In the months to come, team members will continue to record answers to the questions submitted
through goarmy.com at Fort Knox, Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., Fort Jackson, S.C., and Fort Benning,
Ga. The project is expected to continue through next year. All content can be accessed through the
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Future Soldier Jimmy Butler
of the College Park Recruiting
Station does pull-ups during
Atlanta Company’s Wolfpack
CAPT. TROY JONES
Nation Future Soldier
Olympics in November at
Fort Gillem, Ga.
By Fonda Bock
and Good to Go
comfortable or starting to back pedal, [and] you don’t have that
hen it comes to Future Soldier retention, Sgt. 1st rapport with them you did from the start, if that just all stops,
Class Craig Hughes, Recruiting Support Programs that allows doubt to creep in. You have to stay involved with the
NCOIC, said follow up is the number one thing, he people you put in.”
can’t stress it enough. With enlistments running high and Future Soldiers spending
“Everybody knows what to do,” said Hughes. “But as time goes more time in the Delayed Entry Program, follow-up is more im-
on, you get focused on the next guy, the next guy and the next portant than ever, because recruits have more time to reconsider
guy. It’s nice to get a reminder, ‘hey, don’t forget about the people their decision said Hughes.
you’ve already put in.’ The usual resources for keeping Future Soldiers involved
“It’s easy to get complacent and forget they’re there, and then include, of course, making the telephone calls, face-to-face
when it comes ship time when the kid’s starting to feel un- mentoring and Future Soldier functions, as well as the online
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FS PT Within the Regs
Future Soldier Training System. But Hughes
strongly encourages recruiters to take
advantage of the Future Soldier news release
program — getting the Future Soldier’s
name in his or her local newspaper about hysical training is a good activity for motivating and conditioning Future
their decision to join the Army. This not only Soldiers that helps promote team spirit and contributes to the cohesiveness
recognizes the recruit for his or her decision of the unit. The purpose of the exercise program is to build morale within
to serve their country providing further the recruiter’s Future Soldier Training Program (FSTP) pool while working on A group of Midtown
elementary Army physical fitness test standards. Atlanta Recruiting
motivation said Hughes, but such publicity
PT may consist of noncontact team sports — such as softball, touch or flag Station Future
can stimulate interest in the Army among Soldiers play tug of
the Future Soldier’s peers. football, volleyball and basketball. Physical conditioning exercises may also be used
war at the Wolfpack
He also recommends presenting the instead of or in combination with those mentioned above.
Nation Future Soldier
Future Soldier awards and certificates for The Future Soldier must sign USAREC Form 992 — the U.S. Army Delayed Olympics in November
accomplishment. Entry Physical Training Program Statement, which is a consent form. at Fort Gillem, Ga.
“Receiving an award or a certificate for The training period must not last longer than 119 minutes. It is recommended The Future Soldiers
a Future Soldier, that is something that is that the training period last no longer than an hour and a half to include stretching are Pfc. Lenkerd, Pvt.
brand new to them. They think, ‘Wow, this and warm-up activities. Exceeding these limits may result in government liability Ndomjajah, Pfc. Raven,
for statutory entitlements. Pvt. Jones and Spc.
is fantastic.’ And they can see some reward
Although recruits participate on a voluntary basis, they must be reminded that Carbonaro.
for doing well while they’re in the program,”
said Hughes. PT is an individual responsibility and they should be encouraged to do some PT
Additionally, the Future Soldier Center on their own.
at USAREC headquarters at Fort Knox is Station PT can be conducted as often as desired, but at a minimum should be
another great resource, according to Hughes. conducted at least once a month. Because of the limitations involved, it should be
The FSC consists of an all prior-service conducted independently of any Future Soldier function.
staff who have a wide array of MOS and
Army expertise and experiences. Basically
a call center, it provides an additional line
of communication between the Army and
Future Soldiers in the form of phone calls,
Staff Sgt Eddie Grissett, from the Atlanta West Recruiting Station, runs with Officer Candidate
School Future Soldier Deniya Dozier during Atlanta Company’s Wolfpack Nation Future
Soldiers Olympics in November at Fort Gillem, Ga.
Pulling in Future Soldiers, Families
With Team-Building Events
online chats, and e-mail conversations.
The FSC also manages chat rooms for
Future Soldiers to meet with and ask each Story and photos
other questions, as well as family outreach by Capt. Troy Jones
chat and forums to answer spouse and family Atlanta Company
The Future Soldiers started training two months before the
It also very important for recruiters to o emphasize the concepts of teamwork, physical fitness Olympics.
reach out to families. Recruiters are required and basic Soldier skills, the Atlanta Recruiting Company Each recruiting station conducts weekly Future Soldier PT
to provide the Outreach Soldier Visibility created the Wolfpack Nation Future Soldier Olympics. to have them engaged in activities to keep their motivation high
Kits — Military One Source Packet, the new First held in November at Stephens Lake on Fort Gillem, Ga., while awaiting their ship date. This type of interaction is vital in
spouse orientation video and the Welcome to it was one of biggest events in the Atlanta Company. More than maintaining the recruiter/mentor relationship with all Future
the Army Family RPI 999, to every married 150 Future Soldiers competed on six teams representing each Soldiers.
Future Soldier. recruiting station in the Atlanta Company. “It is our job to ensure the Future Soldiers are prepared for
These resources integrate families into the Spouses, children and parents were in attendance to support basic training,” said Staff Sgt. Harvey Johnson, Midtown Atlanta
Army and provide them with a wealth of in- their Future Soldiers. The event started with the lighting of the Recruiting Station FSTP manager.
formation about what their Soldier is going Olympic torch to get the crowd excited for the events, which Recruiters and Future Soldiers alike displayed the same
to experience during training and programs included push-ups, sit-ups, pull-ups, a one-mile run, tug of war competitive spirit. Having involvement from the entire company
to assist the family. and drill and ceremony. proves to be a successful team-building process. The esprit de
Taking care of a recruit’s family makes it Future Soldiers displayed outstanding competitiveness as they corps became stronger among the Future Soldiers during events
easier for the Future Soldier to keep his or scrambled to knock out as many push-ups, sit-ups and pull-ups as where they learned to work as a team.
her commitment, said Hughes. possible. As the day progressed, the temperatures rose and the sweat
“The main thing for Future Soldiers is “I was very impressed with their determination and level of came pouring down. Future Soldiers were constantly reminded
the comfort in knowing that the Army has fitness,” said Staff Sgt. Edward Levy, Roswell Recruiting Station. to stay hydrated and because of oversight from everyone in the
their back and their family is going to be Opportunities like this to challenge the Future Soldiers’ physi- company, there were no injuries or heat casualties.
taken care of and has a support system while cal abilities in a competitive atmosphere help improve Future “Command emphasis and leaders embracing ownership of the
they’re away.” Soldier retention and promote the importance of maintain- health of their Future Soldiers contributed greatly to the success
ing physical fitness, according to 1st Sgt. Darrel Gibbs, Atlanta of the Future Soldier function,” said Command Sgt. Maj. Eric
Company. Gordon, Atlanta Battalion command sergeant major.
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Indoor PT Recruiters Partner With ROTC
Expands for On-Campus PT With Cadets
Jacksonville Battalion fitness test, according to Humphreys.
While the implementation of the
Recruiter Outreach T
he Valdosta, Ga., Recruiting Com- USAREC CG Work Hour Policy was def-
pany Commander, Capt. Adrien initely a factor in deciding on a 6-7 a.m.
Humphreys, decided that one PT schedule for each recruiting station,
Story and photos by Jorge Gomez way to overcome her company’s unique the close proximity of Florida Agricultural
Milwaukee Battalion geographic challenge of having six stations and Mechanical University (FAMU) made
dispersed over 15, 252 square miles in
it ideal for Soldiers assigned to Tallahassee
lushy roads and snow-covered parks limit the venues avail- southeast Georgia and northwest Florida North Recruiting Station to conduct PT
able for physical fitness training in Milwaukee, especially for is to have a physical training program tai- with ROTC cadets.
mass formations involving Future Soldiers. lored to each recruiting station’s particular Lieutenant Col. Jeffrey Williams,
For this reason, squad leaders Sgts. Kevin Weyler and Richard location. FAMU ROTC Professor of Military Sci-
Bernard take their Future Soldiers to Hamilton High School For example, at least two of the recruit- ence, readily embraced the proposal for the
where hallway PT is the norm. ing stations are in relatively close proximi- Army recruiters to conduct joint physi-
As a result of an established relationship with the school’s ty to military units that conduct organized cal training on campus with the 70-plus
JROTC program, Weyler and Bernard assemble Future Soldiers physical training and/or can leverage the cadets Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
and JROTC cadets at the school both for PT and common task fitness program of proximate universi- This partnership is not only a great way for
training two times a week They use the auditorium for stretching ties with Reserve Officer Training Corps Soldiers and cadets to motivate each other
and warm up exercises and the hallways for cardio training and programs. The goal is to build a sustainable to stay fit and healthy, but also affords an
circuit drills just as the school’s basketball team does. and organized physical fitness program excellent opportunity for Army recruit-
Retired Master Sgt. Stephen Randall, JROTC Army instruc- with a focus on achieving year-round ers to leverage Cadet Command assets
tor, said the relationship benefits both the Future Soldiers and his physical and health fitness and not just in expansion of the Army’s Officership
JROTC cadets. The cadets get the same training as the Future getting in shape for semi-annual physical Program in this viable college market.
Soldiers, and the Future Soldiers get to use the school’s facilities.
On a snowy Monday afternoon in February, more than 40 Fu-
ture Soldiers and cadets could be seen extending into a rectangu-
lar formation and sounding off to exercises after school hours. In
this case, the warm up is led by Hometown Recruiter Assistance
Changing USAREC 20+ to 300+ Club
Program Soldiers. Commentary by Capt. Benjamin Bennett
“Whenever possible we like to have our HRAP Soldiers lead Sacramento Valley Company
the warm-up and calisthenics exercises because they demonstrate Squad leaders and recruiters are posted at various ends and “This [PT program] pushes me because
the type of leaders the Future Soldiers will become in just a few corners to ensure safety and to keep the Future Soldiers moti- as soon as I see someone run past me I o you ever feel stressed and tired? Do the rigors of recruiting duty have
months,” Weyler said. vated. pick up the pace,” Bellows said. “Or some- you down? The fact is that many of you may have felt this way during
After the warm up, the squad leaders take the Future Soldiers Staff Sgt. David Eder, Future Soldier squad leader, said he times I’m the one who’s helping others your time as a recruiter. It’s important we remember, however, that physi-
to the second floor where they use the empty hallways to lunge likes to see the Future Soldiers get a good workout from these push a little harder.” cal training is a great way of relieving stress and staying healthy. Every Soldier
from one end to the other. They run down a flight of stairs, go functions. “We try to make this a morale booster experience,” Bellows said she works out plenty on in this command should take the time to conduct physical fitness. Staying in top
across another hallway, and return up to the second floor where Eder said. “We challenge them but not to the point of breaking her own but doing PT with other Future physical form requires a lot of individual effort but it also sometimes requires
they started. them. Our goal is to build them up.” Soldiers and the squad leaders makes her command emphasis.
Nicholas Hall, a Hales Corner native, feel like part of a team where everyone You’ve all heard of the “USAREC 20” associated with the 20 pounds of extra
was able to join the Future Soldier pro- supports each other. weight recruiters gain upon being assigned to recruiting duty. I’m determined to
from Milwaukee gram in January only after losing about Weyler said it is not uncommon for the not allow that stigma to affect my company or any of my new recruiters.
Recruiting 30 pounds since the fall when he first Future Soldiers to share the hallways with Having an established routine is the key to getting in shape. It’s important to
Company conduct tried to enlist. Now that he’s reached the members of the basketball or wrestling establish a routine and stick to it. It’s easy when you’re assigned to FORSCOM,
physical training Army’s body fat standard for enlistment, teams. This serves an additional benefit of because it’s mandated that you conduct PT at least five times per week, and there
through the halls Hall said he’s pleased to be part of the raising Army awareness among a group of are morning formations that hold you accountable. When you’re assigned to re-
of Hamilton High FS program. youth who already value physical fitness cruiting duty, it’s not as easy to get everyone to a formation because of geographic
School Feb. 22. “I never liked PT until now,” Hall and teamwork. dispersion. The hardest part is starting the routine.
said. “I look forward to it every week Bernard said he’s been approached by My company standard is to conduct PT five times per week: once a week at
because I feel that it’s preparing me for four members of the wrestling team and company level, twice a week at station level, and twice a week by the recruiters on
for conducting PT. basic training.” one basketball player asking questions their own. Occasionally we conduct company-level sports to both stay in shape
The school’s JROTC Brittany Bellows, a University of about the Army. and foster team building.
program serves as a Wisconsin-Whitewater graduate, said “Doing PT in the school’s hallways is I think it’s important to recognize the individuals who embody the Warrior
point of contact for she’s not used to running in the hallways helping us as recruiters to get our faces Ethos and set the example for others to follow. Besides myself, Staff Sgts. Shane
the recruiters and of a high school but likes the group set- out there,” Bernard said. “The students are Nunes, Scott Thompson and Raul Martinez all scored over 300 on their last PT
squad leaders who ting nonetheless. starting to recognize us.” test. You’ve heard of the 20 Plus Club; who will be next to join the 300 Plus Club?
use the facilities.
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taff Sgt. Matthew C. Walker
ran eight perfect Army
Story and photos
by Jonathan E. Agee
“ Youwhenever you can.on your
Physical Fitness Tests
(APFTs) during his six-and-a-
have to fit PT in
half years as a Soldier, and the
only thing standing in his way
during his last test was an upper
He uses his environment to stay fit. For example, when at
respiratory infection. So instead home he tries to exercise with his 10-year-old son, Amir. When
of scoring a perfect 300 he only at work, he takes advantage of the pull-up bar in the back of the
reached 277. office. When time permits, he takes part in sporting activities
Despite his obligations and abun- such as flag football and Muay Thai boxing. No matter where he
dant workload as a NCO and single is, he is always looking for ways to stay in shape.
father, Walker finds time to exercise, Walker runs through his neighborhood, practices martial arts,
eat healthy, and and tosses football with his son. “When the weather is good we
maintain a high try to go to the park. He loves martial arts so I teach him some
score on the combative stuff. He is always asking me, ‘Dad do you know this
APFT. move? Can you teach me that move?’ It keeps me engaged in a
Closing in on good level of physical fitness and it’s also bonding time with the
his second year family.”
as a Recruiting Walker also trains with his Future Soldiers. “Our focus for
NCO in the Largo them is learning the formations of physical fitness, command of
Recruiting Sta- execution, preparatory commands, and basic exercises from the
tion in Maryland, physical fitness manual. We also do the intro to the APFT. We
Walker stays in peak keep it fun and keep them motivated.”
physical condition Specialist Herm L. Hopkins, a former Largo Future Soldier
by finding fitness who participated in Walker’s PT program, says it prepared him for the road ahead. “We
opportunities in his trained and did different drills every
daily life. Whether he weekend,” said Hopkins. “Sometimes we would do
is on the job, at home, muscular training and some weeks we did running and speed
or on the road, he work. I found this really helpful for my basic training.”
constantly searches for Staff Sgt. Mark A. Dearlove, Largo Recruiting NCO, said
ways to exercise. Walker’s drive keeps him in shape.
“In the recruiting “He has determination; a lot of people would like to stay fit,
environment you don’t but they are not determined to stay fit,” says Dearlove. “If he
have the structure of a wants to do something, he will find a way to do it.”
[physical fitness] pro- Walker also focuses on eating healthy.
gram that you would have “I try to stay away from fast food as much as I can,” said
in a normal unit so you Walker. “Sometimes I make my own lunch and bring it in.”
have to be creative if you He also drinks a lot of water and snacks throughout the day on
want to be in shape,” said fruits, trail mix and crackers.
Walker. “You have to fit PT “If you want to stay physically fit, you have to maintain a good
in on your own whenever healthy diet and be aware of what you eat.”
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Think Your Family Can’t Afford College? Percentage
Active Duty Service of maximum
care, which would prevent me from taking after Sept. 10, 2001 benefit
classes. Because my career field is hands- payable
on, I can’t take my classes online like other
students.” At least 36 months of service 100%
For the first time, servicemembers
enrolled in the Post 9-11 GI Bill program
At least 30 continuous days
Transfer Unused Benefits
can transfer unused educational benefits to
their spouses and children. on active duty and discharged
The amount of money available for due to service-connected disability 100%
tuition and fees is limited to the most
expensive in-state undergraduate tuition 30 months to 36 months 90%
at a public institution of higher learning in
the state the student is attending school. It
24 months to 30 months 80%
provides a monthly living stipend paid at
the rate of an E-5 with dependents, BAH 18 months to 24 months 70%
based on the ZIP code of the school.
Up to $1,000 a year is allowed to pay
for books and supplies. Up to $1,200 a
12 months to 18 months 60%
year is allowed for tutorial assistance. Up
to $2,000 is allowed for the reimburse- 6 months to 12 months 50%
ment of one licensing or certification test.
By Fonda Bock The bill will pay for graduate, undergradu- 90 days to 6 months 40%
Associate Editor ate and vocational/technical training and
requires no contribution by the Soldier.
To be eligible for the benefits, a Soldier
must have served on active duty for at least
ighteen-year-old Jessica Richie is studying 90 days since Sept. 11, 2001, or for at least member is on active duty. Children must “I submitted my paperwork electroni-
30 continuous days with a service-con- be eligible dependents in DEERS under cally three months in advance, so patience
to become a cosmetologist at Virginia nected disability discharge, or honorably 26 years old. is key, but persistence is important. I had
College in Huntsville, Ala. While she’s in discharged, or while still on active duty not Raleigh Battalion Commander Lt. Col. been approved but was unaware I was.”
George Sterling, transferred 17 months USAREC Career Counselors are the
class, her 18-month-old son is in day care. All of flagged for adverse action.
of his benefits to his wife, Lisa, who’s certifying officials for all Soldiers who
The percentage level of benefits allowed
this would normally cost thousands of dollars. But ranges from 40 percent of the basic benefit studying for a teaching certificate through elect to transfer their Post 9-11 GI Bill
Richie doesn’t have to pay for any of it because the for those whose service is between 90 days Western Governors University, an online benefits to their dependents.
and six months to 100 percent for those distance learning university. She’s currently The first step is for the Soldier to access
Department of Veterans Affairs is footing the bill. who’ve served at least 36 months. (See enrolled in a post baccalaureate certifica- the DoD Transferability of Education
Richie is not a Soldier, but her father, Col. Glenn Richie, the 2d chart) tion program which will certify her to Benefits Web site and enter their informa-
Recruiting Brigade commander stationed at Redstone Arsenal has been Soldiers can transfer 36 months of teach mathematics in grades 5 through 9. tion at https://www.dmdc.osd.mil/TEB/.
in the Army for more than 28 years. That not only qualifies him for the benefits to one or more family members “The financial assistance is significant,” Soldiers who elect to transfer benefits
Post 9-11 GI Bill, but also allows him to transfer his benefits to a family while on active duty or in the Selected said Sterling. “Just this term alone, I re- will fill out the top portion of the Post
member. Reserve. Spouses are eligible for the ben- ceived $2,900 toward tuition. I only had to 9-11 Soldier Checklist, found on the
“The Post 9-11 GI Bill has been extremely helpful,” said Richie. “It efits immediately; however spouses are not pay $600 out of pocket.” USAREC portal. After making their
has allowed her to pursue her degree, spend quality time with her son eligible for the monthly stipend or books Sterling will have her license by sum- selection, the Soldier should immediately
and focus on her studies without maintaining a part-time job. As a par- and supplies stipend while the member is mer and hopes to begin the master’s forward the checklist and attach any sup-
ent, it has removed the stress of paying for a quality college education.” on active duty. program this fall. Since there’s been a large porting documents to their responsible
Jessica said if it were not for the monthly stipend she receives in addi- Children are eligible after the mem- number of applicants for the benefits, she career counselor via e-mail.
tion to tuition, she might not be able to attend school. ber completes 10 years of service and are encourages family members interested in For details, reference USAREC Mes-
“My son’s day care is roughly $600 per month and I receive $1,093 eligible for the stipend while the service- pursuing higher education not to procras- sage 10-104.
per month. I would have to work nearly full time just to pay for day tinate.
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RJ | FAMILY
Keeping our Children Prevention
It’s Everyone’s Duty
Child Abuse Prevention Month By Jack Nix The Army’s I AM Strong
USAREC Family Advocacy Program Manager program moves the emphasis
from risk reduction — po-
he 2010 Sexual Assault Awareness tential victim focus — to
Month Campaign focuses on the prevention efforts focused
Parents may lack an understanding of their children’s effects sexual assault has on the on stopping potential of-
developmental stages and hold unreasonable expectations Army’s mission readiness. fenders and their inappro-
for their abilities. They might be unaware of alternatives As is readily understood throughout the priate behaviors and actions
to corporal punishment or the most effective discipline Army, mission readiness defines a unit’s that may foster sexual
techniques. Parents may also lack knowledge of their ability to deploy quickly and efficiently. A assault.
children’s health, hygiene and nutritional needs. These sexual assault can reverberate throughout Just as Soldiers would
circumstances, combined with the inherent challenges of a unit and beyond, degrading readiness by not assist the
raising children, can result in otherwise well-intentioned harming the life of the victim and affect- enemy in harm-
parents causing their children harm or neglecting their ing the military’s ability to work effectively ing one of their
needs. as a team. own, the Army
The goal of child abuse prevention is simple — to stop The theme “Hurts one. Affects all” expects Soldiers
child abuse and neglect from happening in the first place, conveys that sexual assault not only affects to not tolerate
sparing children and families emotional and physical the victim, it also affects bystanders. the mistreatment
trauma and decreasing the need for costly intervention Preserving mission readiness can serve or assault of a
and treatment services. as motivation for acts of bystander inter- fellow Soldier.
The best way to prevent child abuse and neglect is to vention. The threat
support families and provide parents with the skills and Experts and practitioners often describe of harm often
resources they need. the negative consequences of sexual assault prevents people
Prevention efforts build on family strengths. Through as having a ripple effect, starting with the from speak-
activities such as parent education, home visitation and parent victim and expanding outward to include ing out. If you
support groups, many families are able to find the support they families, friends, work colleagues, neigh- believe you
By Jack Nix need to stay together and care for their children in their homes bors and, increasingly, larger parts of the are witnessing a
USAREC Family Advocacy Program Manager
and communities. population.
potentially violent or
arents have personal accountability for their children’s Prevention efforts help parents develop their parenting skills, The same can be said for the effects abusive situation and choose to intervene
protection, but everyone shares responsibility in protecting understand the benefits of nonviolent discipline techniques in the Army. This was confirmed by the the following suggestions may help: • If you are uncomfortable with verbal
children from abuse and neglect. All USAREC community and understand and meet their child’s emotional, physical, and Army focus groups conducted this year • Ensure that you are in a situation intervention, even walking away from
members share with parents the duty to create a supportive and developmental needs. Prevention programs also can help parents with commanders of all grades, sexual where it is safe to act or intervene. a group of friends who are instigating
secure environment for children. identify other needs they may have and offer assistance in getting assault response coordinators and victim • Make sure that your actions won’t harassing behavior or conversation sends a
One of the most important campaigns to support Army fami- that additional support. advocates. result in violence against someone else. message.
lies is the campaign against child abuse. Every year, six or seven Child Abuse Prevention Month is an opportunity to high- The impact of sexual assault crimes • Attempt to draw the attention of oth- • Intervention doesn’t have to result
Army children out of 1,000 are involved in substantiated cases of light the role we all can play to support parents and families. This is both immediate and long-lasting for ers nearby to the situation. from one person’s action. A united front
abuse and neglect. This number is far below the civilian statistic of month — and throughout the year as we consider child abuse individual Soldiers in the unit and for the • If no one else is around, attempt to can be a powerful force. Encourage others
13.9 per 1,000, but it is still unacceptably high. prevention — our attention is best focused on prevention efforts command as a whole. distract the potential perpetrator/abuser to act.
Although all the causes of child abuse and neglect are not that create healthier environments for children and foster confi- What can be done to prevent sexual enough to stop the violence or abuse. Don’t be a bystander — Intervene, Act,
known, a significant body of research has identified several risk dent, positive parenting. assault? Work together as team, step up • If you hear disturbing conversation and Motivate! It is everyone’s duty to help
factors associated with child abuse. Studies also have shown that We all need to do our part in seeing that our children are safe and be a leader. Look out for your fellow that demeans others or sounds offensive, prevent sexual assault so that no one is
when there are multiple risk factors present, the risk is greater. from abuse and neglect and that their families get the help they Soldiers and take action to keep them safe. don’t remain silent. Silence is complicity. hurt!
For example, lack of preparation or knowledge of critical issues need. Child abuse prevention depends on leadership from com-
surrounding parenting, financial or other environmental stressors, mand and parents to mobilize the community for the protection
difficulty in relationships and depression or other mental health and care of all children. It is everyone’s responsibility to keep
problems can all lead to abusive or neglectful behavior. children safe. In doing so, we protect their future and ours.
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Military Riders Must Complete
Motorcycle Safety Course
By Mickey Gattis
USAREC Safety Officer
Riders should complete an SF182, Authorization, Agreement
ow is the time for leaders to start focusing their efforts
and Certification of Training, have it signed by their supervi-
on motorcycle accident prevention efforts. The gaining
sor and approved by budget personnel. Alternately, individuals
popularity of motorcycles and the rise in gas prices have
may use the Defense Travel System, fill out an authorization
triggered an increase in motorcycle riders. Bike sales are four
request online, sign it digitally, and the request will go through
times higher than three years ago, and nationally, the average age
the approval process — funded by budget and approved by your
of motorcycle riders has increased from 32 to 41.
There are approximately 1,800 motorcycle-riding Soldiers and
Once you receive your confirmation of approval, you can at-
employees throughout USAREC.
tend the training. Vouchers should be filed within three days of
Department of Defense Instruction 6055.4 states that opera-
completing the training.
tors of government and privately owned motorcycles on DoD
Riders cannot take the course first and then ask for reim-
installations must be appropriately licensed. Personnel shall suc-
bursement from the government; they must request and obtain
cessfully complete an approved rider or operator safety course.
approval from the chain of command/approving official before
In addition, a Department of Transportation (DOT) ap-
attending the course.
proved helmet is required for all Army personnel, whether riding
on or off post. While a full-face helmet is not mandatory, it’s Basic Rider Course (BRC):
highly recommended. Even a minor crash would be detrimental The Basic Rider Course is the Army’s standard motorcycle
to your jaw and face without the chin guard protection of a full- rider’s course. This 16-hour, two-day course is for new motorcycle
face helmet. riders. Army personnel who have documentation of prior comple-
Approved safety courses must use one of the following cur- tion of the Experienced Rider Course (ERC) prior to Sept. 30,
ricula: 2007, will be in compliance with the Army standard for motorcy-
• Motorcycle Safety Foundation cle training and will not be required to attend the BRC to register
• Specialty Vehicle Institute of America their motorcycle for the first time on an Army installation. Riders
• MSF-based state-approved curriculum with a learner’s permit must attend the BRC. Operators will not
Courses must be taught by certified or licensed instructors be required to repeat BRC training when relocating to a new
and include hands-on testing and a performance and knowledge- assignment.
based evaluation. Training required by this instruction shall be Experienced Rider Course (ERC):
provided at no cost to military members and DoD civilian em- This six-hour course is offered only to experienced riders with
ployees. Individuals shall not be charged leave to attend training a motorcycle endorsement. This course is designed to provide
required by this instruction, as per E126.96.36.199. additional highway safety skills for experienced motorcycle riders.
Individuals who are not located on or around a military base The ERC builds upon and provides additional skills taught in
with approved training courses may request to have the course BRC or gained through previous experience.
paid for through their unit. Experienced riders are encouraged to mentor new riders.
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Recruiter Excels at Community Involvement
Story and photo by Scott Pitillo
Most high school classes have at least one person who is a mem-
ber of every club — an over achiever who is a part of everything
from the biology club to the chess team. In the Raleigh Battalion,
that person might be Staff Sgt. Darrick McGee. His involvement
in the community goes above the norm.
McGee joined the Army in 1992 as a 13B cannon crewmem-
ber. Despite the demands military service requires, he’s always felt
a need to give back to the community in which he’s stationed.
At Fort Campbell, Ky., he volunteered at the Exceptional
Staff Sgt. Andres Avendano, Andrei and Yuliya Laptseu, Jola Szyfter Family Members Camp. For
and Dr. Walter Cegelka.
several weeks each summer he
spent time with children who
From Belarus Army to U.S. Army had to deal with the stress of
deployed parents as well as
Story and photo by Alisa Feldman
Miami Battalion their own mental and physical
disabilities. For his efforts, he
Andrei Laptseu attended military high school in Belarus and was awarded the Outstanding
went on to earn an engineering degree from a local university. Volunteer Service Medal.
Upon graduation, he received a commission in the Belarus Army, He was stationed at Fort
where he served from 2001 to 2009. By the time he was dis- Bragg, N.C., when he’d been
charged, he had attained the rank of captain. selected for recruiting duty.
He and his wife, Yuliya, won an immigration lottery and have “I had mixed emotions about
been in the United States about six months. Hallandale, Fla., res- doing recruiting, but after I got
taurant owner Dorata Szczepanski made an apartment available to recruiting school and heard
to the newly arrived couple - at no charge. about their COI and commu-
During a visit to her sister’s home, Jola Szyfter came to find nity programs, I started getting
that Andrei had served as an officer in the Belarusian Army. excited,” McGee said.
During their many conversations, Andrei expressed interest in He was assigned to his home
possibly joining the U.S. military. Szyfter, acting as interpreter, town in Roanoke Rapids, N.C. Staff Sgt. Darrick McGee at the
accompanied Andrei to a Navy recruiting office, but the Navy Upon arrival at the Roanoke Roanoke Rapids, N.C., Recruiting
failed to pursue Andrei as a viable lead. The Navy’s loss became Rapids station, he hit the Station.
the Army’s accession. ground running.
Szyfter, a friend of Miami Battalion’s Grassroots Advisory “I got involved in everything
Board Chairman, Dr. Walter Cegelka, called him to have him I could get involved in,” McGee said. “People need to see that
speak with Andrei and Yuliya about the Army. Soldiers are involved in the community. When you are from a
Soon after, Staff Sgt. Andres Avendano, from Palm Springs small town like this, it’s important. People need to understand
Recruiting Station, was called in. Avendano helped the couple that we are no different from fire fighters and police men and
to not only learn more about the Army, but also become more other professionals that serve small communities and that we are
acquainted with life in a new country. Avendano’s path to the concerned about their well being as a whole.”
Army was very similar, having been born outside the U.S. and McGee is a member of many local veteran and civic organiza-
speaking a different language. tions, and serves on the board of directors for a domestic violence
The couple had been intensively working to learn English from help center. He also speaks at local schools, helps out with local
the time they entered this country. This was something extremely festivals and is a volunteer firefighter. He’s been honored with
important to them both. As a testimonial to Andrei’s intellect and dozens of awards and chaired several local, state and national
will to succeed, he went from scoring relatively low on his first committees.
ASVAB, to having to take a confirmation retest as a result of an “I don’t know what we would do without our Center of Influ-
80 percent increase on his second test. ence Program,” McGee said. “A good grass roots program makes
Through Avendano’s patience, Cegelka’s advisory board all the difference.”
involvement and Szczepanski’s and Szyfter’s generosity, Andrei McGee also attributes his success to his fellow Soldiers, his
joined the U.S. Army in December as a specialist and will be community and “a chain of command that has always backed me
trained to become a 92 Alpha, Unit Logistics Supply Specialist. and never said no unless what I wanted was logistically impos-
He is working toward full U.S. citizenship with the goal of sible.
becoming an officer again - this time for the U.S. Army.
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Recruiter Keeps Fit as Tennis Pro match delays due to the court conditions. After playing in freez-
By Cynthia Rivers-Womack
ing temperatures the final two teams competing for the state
championship were Jacksonville and Gainesville, and we ulti-
Army Officership Good Choice for Some
mately beat Gainesville in an intense match play,” said Acco. By Cynthia Rivers-Womack
Sergeant 1st Class Roger Acco does not look like a professional Acco, who joined the Army in 1991, has been on recruiting Jacksonville Battalion
tennis champion. But in December 2009, his physical fitness duty since October 2002. After last year’s tennis win, he began
Although he was not recruited by the Army, Citadel gradu-
regimen coupled with his adept serve and volley skills helped his training for the 15K race in the largest marathon in the country:
ate 2nd Lt. W. Stovall Witte III volunteered to visit schools with
team win the U.S. the Gate River Run
Army recruiters while at home on a visit before reporting to his
Tennis Association held March 13 in
duty station in Korea.
6.5 Men’s Double Jacksonville. Once
Witte, one of The Citadel’s 267 2009 graduates, recently joined
Championship for the again, Acco made the
members of the North Charleston Army Recruiting Station
state of Florida. two-hour drive to
visiting local high schools. During his classroom presentations,
In fact, Acco is so fulfill his passion for
he shared his experiences about attending The Citadel and the
committed to stay in competing and stay-
Reserve Officer Training Corps. He also shared his philosophy
shape for competi- ing physically fit.
about service and leadership training.
tion that he travels It was his first
Witte graduated from Bishop England High School in 2005.
two hours to Jack- 15K, which he com-
Although The Citadel was not his initial choice when deciding
sonville to train with pleted in 1 hour and Sergeant Phillip Napolitano mentors Kyle Deglow on how he
where to continue his education he’s pleased he chose the institu-
his team. Acco, who 53 minutes. can pursue his dream of becoming an Army helicopter pilot.
RICK VACH, TENNIS LIFE MAGAZINE
took command of Staying fit on
the Americus, Ga., recruiting duty is
“I didn’t want to go to The Citadel just because my father
graduated from there in 1972. But I realized it offered the tradi-
Eye on the Prize
recruiting station in equally important for Story and photo by D. Charone Monday
tion, discipline and academic structure I needed. In fact, The
June 2008, has been recruiters and Future Columbus Battalion
Citadel exceeded my expectations,” said Witte.
competing in the U.S. Soldiers.
One of the other compelling reasons Witte chose to pursue Kyle Deglow, who dreamed all of his life of becoming an Army
Tennis Association To ensure that
Sergeant 1st Class Roger Acco (third from left) with his Florida state tennis teammates. a military career at The Citadel was the events of Sept. 11, 2001. helicopter pilot, demonstrates that at least some of America’s
for Florida since early Americus station
Both of his parents were in Washington, D.C., on that day: his youth know how to face a challenge head-on and persevere.
2009. Despite the Future Soldiers stay
mother at the White House and his father on Capitol Hill. Though he thought he had done all the right things in prepara-
demanding schedule as station commander, he remains commit- in shape, Acco incorporates his tennis training regimen along
“I felt it was my duty to pursue a military career through the tion for an Army enlistment, Deglow hit a snag when he failed to
ted to pursuing his passion for tennis. with circuit training, such as basketball and ultimate football (a
Army ROTC program at The Citadel. Plus, the major reason for pass the Warrant Officer Flight Training board.
In December, Florida’s frigid temperatures and cold court con- catch and run event). Acco said his personal enthusiasm about
joining the Army was the privilege to serve my country,” he said. “I’ve always wanted to fly,” he said, “I find it fascinating. I’ve
ditions made tennis difficult, but Acco’s 10-member team deftly commitment, competition and staying physically fit are important
While speaking with students at Stratford High School, always wanted to be in the Army because of the dedication and
snatched the championship from Gainesville, the 2008 defending components of his personal and Future Soldier physical fitness
Witte shared that The Citadel provided invaluable experiences teamwork it takes to be in the Army. But even though I had two
champion. programs. He also believes that Future Soldiers learn the value of
about leadership and said the Army can be a great starting place years of college, the board felt I needed to mature a little more,
“The weather conditions were not in anyone’s favor. We played camaraderie when they train together and can experience being
for young people after they graduate. improve my GPA, and take more math and science courses.”
in temperatures consisting of high 20s to low 30s with several part of a winning team.
Witte earned a business degree at The Citadel and will take on His disappointment was evident as he nearly came to tears
captain’s duties in the Adjutant General branch in his assignment. talking about the board’s decision. That’s when his recruiter, Sgt.
He said he’s more than prepared for the job and looks forward to Phillip Napolitano, told him he could still accomplish his dream,
taking care of Soldiers. but it would just take a little longer.
Rival High Schools the teams proceed to an extraction point
and the first to succeed is the winner.
more friends. In addition, he said learned
the importance of everyone being on the “The Army is about opportunities to improve oneself. I don’t “I encourage you to keep pursuing your goals, stay moti-
‘Battle’ in Army Game Staff Sgt. Angel Nunez of the Grand
Prairie Recruiting Station said just like an
“It kind of gave me an idea just how
see a better stepping stone than the Army. The Army is a place
where you will learn a wealth of knowledge that the rest of the
vated, and keep your confidence up,” Napolitano said. “You can
enter the Army as an enlisted Soldier and try to get into the
Tournament actual combat environment, emphasis is important to know where everybody was, world is looking for,” said Witte. aviation field so you can better yourself and gain experience.
By Len Butler placed on teamwork. maybe even more so than the other teams You should also start taking courses part time that way one
Dallas Battalion “Teamwork is the key and the differ- players were,” he said. “We didn’t want to day you may be able to accomplish your goal of becoming a
ence between winning and losing,” he said. shoot our own guys, even though that’s helicopter pilot.”
Students from archrivals Grand Prairie
“In addition to surviving on the virtual what we did a couple of times. I learned Encouraged after listening, Deglow said “My recruiter’s
and South Grand Prairie high schools
battlefield, teams are awarded more points that there is more to this game than just advice makes me want to strive and have the motivation to
in Grand Prairie, Texas, started another
in the game.” shooting up the opponents.” achieve this goal. I’m pretty disappointed, but I can see how I
rivalry last fall as they battled each another
As in real-life situations, fratricide can Nunez said the game was a big hit with can fulfill my dream by going the enlisted route first. I can see
in the America’s Army interactive video
happen and communication is vital. Players the players and ROTC instructors, and he that getting experience in the aviation field first can really be
talk to each other constantly. plans to have more events such as this in an advantage for me.”
South Grand Prairie won the best-of-
Not all players would get killed in battle; the future.
seven series four games to one. As they prepared to depart, Napolitano reassured Deglow
some would be wounded and could be “There are a lot of leads we can get if
America’s Army pits five-person teams by saying, “Don’t lose track of your goals and always stay de-
healed with a number of medical proce- we play this opportunity correctly,” Nunez
against one another on a virtual battle- termined and motivated. If you don’t get selected the first time,
dures other team members could perform. said. If we can get more students involved
field. The teams, each with a squad leader,
Jeremy Almeraz, a senior at Grand and get them interested in the game, we
figure out why you didn’t get selected and then better yourself
compete with the objective to capture the in those areas.”
Prairie High, said the game was fun and can have more chances at getting Future
other team’s flag in close quarter combat Deglow enlisted for MOS 15T, UH-60 helicopter repairer,
he looked forward to playing it again with Soldiers.” Citadel graduate 2nd Lt. W. Stovall Witte III visits with students at
and tactics. Once their objective is secured, Stratford High School. and ships to training this month.
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three or four seconds,” Desir said. “I tried 82nd Airborne Division and inquired as to
Soldier Returns to call back but the connection was lost.” where I could find the chaplain’s office.”
Mid-Atlantic Miracle to Native Haiti to Help He said he grew sick with worry and When he located the chaplain, Desir,
By Karen Bragg concern as more news coverage came in who is a Chaplain’s Assistant, immediately
After Earthquake about the devastation. As days turned to
weeks, he was unable to eat or sleep, not
offered to translate for his fellow Soldiers
in the Mortuary Affairs Unit.
While Staff Sgt. Aaron Wight was By Candace Romero
knowing if his family was OK. Desir knew “When I was told I could put on my
deployed in Afghanistan in August 2006 Columbia Battalion
he had to get to Haiti. uniform, I felt so much pride to be able to
with the 10th Mountain Division, his It was in 2008 when Staff Sgt. Faustin Upon hearing about the situation, Co- wear it and help my people,” said Desir,
two children and their grandmother were Desir last set foot in his native homeland lumbia Recruiting Battalion Commander who packed one uniform just in case. “The
involved in a car accident that killed the of Port au Prince, Haiti. The 36-year-old, Lt. Col. Charlester White approved two language barrier between the Haitians and
grandmother and left the children with who’s been on recruiting duty in Salisbury, weeks of emergency leave for Desir. On the American Soldiers made it difficult to
severe head injuries. N.C. since April 2009, came to the United Feb. 1, Desir flew to the Dominican get information out so it was a blessing to
After undergoing extensive brain States when he was 20. Republic where he took a bus to Port au be in the position to help.”
surgery, the children were not expected From time to time, Desir had traveled Prince. It had been over two weeks since Desir worked with the Mortuary
to regain consciousness. While Michael, back to Haiti to visit his mother, three the earthquake hit and the loss of life was Affairs Unit for one week translating, an-
Amanda Seyfried poses for a photograph with Lt. Col Fred Dummar, Sgts. 1st 4, was on life support and a ventilator for brothers and two sisters. The memories estimated to be in the hundreds of thou- swering questions and directing Haitians
Class Adam Kraus and Darrell Wilson and Maj. Larry Niedringhaus of the Special three months, daughter MacKenzie, 6, from those trips are dramatically different sands at this time. where they needed to go for more infor-
Operations Recruiting Battalion before the premiere of her movie, “Dear John.” was undergoing extensive therapy. Three from the memories of his most recent trip When he arrived he was relieved to see mation.
years later, she has regained 95 percent of home to check on his family. that his mother and siblings had survived “I remember one afternoon; it was
SORB at Movie Premiere The movie, which begins before the ter-
rorist events of Sept. 11, 2001, features Ta-
her independence. Desir could barely make out the sound and were holding up as best they could almost dark and people were out walking
To be with his children, Wight was of his brother’s voice when he got a under the circumstances. The tears of joy around,” he said.
Story and photo by Mark Brown tum as John Tyree, a Special Forces Soldier granted a compassionate reassignment to phone call from him Jan. 12, but he knew
Special Operations Recruiting Battalion later turned to tears of grief when Desir “Even though it was a small act, it
who meets Savannah Curtis, an idealistic his home state of New Jersey, transferred something was very wrong. In the very learned of the loss of three of his cousins. meant so much to me to be able to buy
The Special Operations Recruiters played college student played by Seyfried. to the AGR Program and assigned to the early morning hours a magnitude 7.0 That night, he and his family slept outside them a bottle of water, talk to them and
an important role in the national premiere SORB family members attended a spe- Manahawkin Recruiting Station. earthquake had hit a small village just 15 their home under a make-shift tent in the give them hope.”
of the movie “Dear John” Jan. 23 at Fort cial 30-minute meet-and-greet session at “I am thankful that the Army has al- miles southwest of the capital city of Port backyard. Desir said he is thankful to his leaders
Bragg’s York Theater. the 82nd Airborne Division Public Affairs lowed me to continue my career and care au Prince. “There was so much damage to every- for allowing him to return home.
Two Special Forces recruiters, Sgts. 1st Office before the premiere. Sparks, Tatum for my family. The new recruiting hours “My brother called right after the first thing around me, I felt hopeless at times,” “It meant a lot to be able to help my
Class Adam Kraus and Darrell Wilson, and Seyfried answered questions, signed have helped my family through these try- major quake, but the call only lasted for he said. “I recognized the Soldiers of the people in their time of need.”
SORB Fort Bragg Station, drove the autographs and posed for photographs. ing times. With more predictable work
writer and actors to the movie premiere in As he lined up for a picture with some hours, I can attend Michael’s hockey
Special Operations-branded Humvees. of the SORB personnel, Tatum, shorter games and cheer on MacKenzie during
The romantic drama, written by Nicho- than the Green Berets who surrounded her Lacrosse games.”
las Sparks and featuring Channing Tatum him, joked, “What are they feeding you Michael still receives intensive therapy
and Amanda Seyfried, was filmed in the guys down here?” at the Children’s Specialized Hospital. Straight from Haiti Double Army Strong
coastal areas of North and South Carolina. SORB Commander Lt. Col. Fredrick This year, he and his sister will represent Story and photo by Alisa Feldman
More than 1,000 military personnel C. Dummar, presented each of the VIPs a the Children’s Miracle Network of New Miami Battalion
and their families were given free tickets battalion coin and T-shirt. Jersey at two Champions Across Ameri-
The event was hosted by the XVIII What seemed to be a normal day trip home to Haiti would turn
for the showing. The crowd, mostly young ca events.
Airborne Corps, Fort Bragg Garrison into something Edzer Pierre would never forget. Pierre, already in
people hoping to catch a glimpse of Tatum The family is also invited to the
Command and the Fort Bragg Family receipt of his green card, decided he was going to join the Army
and Seyfried, began lining up alongside White House this June to meet Presi-
MWR Division and continues an endur- in February 2010.
the red carpet before noon. The movie dent Barrack Obama.
ing relationship between the SORB and He decided to go back to Haiti to visit his parents and other
began at 5:45 p.m. after a short ceremony
the units on Fort Bragg. family, and to get all of his things in order before his swear-in.
inside the theater.
However, simply getting all of his things in order did not turn out
the way he thought they would.
Two weeks before Pierre was due to come back, catastrophe Edzer Pierre takes the oath of enlistment at the Miami MEPS.
DCG Signs MOAA MOU struck Haiti Jan. 17. Port-au-Prince, where the majority of the 6.9
magnitude earthquake was felt, is 60 miles from where his parents for nearly two weeks. Boler thought there was a possibility that
Brigadier Gen. Michael X. Garrett, live in St. Mark. he had lost Pierre. After weeks without hearing from him, Boler
USAREC deputy commanding Although they felt a lot of shaking, Pierre and his parents were received great news. Pierre had finally been able make a call to the
general, and retired Navy Vice Admiral not in danger. At the time of the earthquake, however, his mom States and had gotten word that he was OK and still wanted to
Norbert R. Ryan, Military Officers was at the market. Unable to contact her by cell phone to see if join the Army.
Association of America president, sign she was alright, Pierre walked two miles to ensure she was OK. Pierre made the treacherous journey from St. Mark to Port
a memorandum of understanding Next they tried to find out about their family in Port-Au-Prince. au Prince where he needed to catch a bus to get to Dominican
between MOAA and USAREC in
Eventually and unfortunately, Pierre’s mom found out that their Republic. There, the American Embassy helped Pierre get back to
Alexandria, Va., this past month.
family had lost a 25-year-old cousin, and his father learned he the United States so he could resume his Army Strong journey.
had lost a 10-year-old cousin, as well Pierre had survived one of the most catastrophic earthquakes in
While all this was going on in Pierre’s life, Capt. Scotty Boler, history, found his way back to the United States and enlisted in
Jupiter Company Commander, had been trying to reach Pierre the Army.
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Army to reach 1:2 dwell in 2011, vice says “If you take any single system and look at it individually, you
can make a pretty strong argument that it is required,” he said.
Army opens expanded women’s museum
By C. Todd Lopez “But if you take and look at them in a portfolio of common sys- By Amy Perry West Point Looking to Fill Vacant Seats
Army News Service tems -- example: precision munitions -- you will find that there Army News Service By Alexandra Hemmerly-Brown
are probably systems that we ... made precision that don’t need to Army News Service
The Army’s vice chief of staff said by 2011, Soldiers should find be precision, or don’t need to be at the numbers that we’ve bought A seven-year, $800,000 U.S. Army Women’s Museum expansion The U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y., long
themselves spending twice as much time at home station as they them at. project here, concluded with a March 19 ribbon-cutting ceremo- renowned for cultivating some of America’s most celebrated
do deployed. “It’s time ... we step back and look ... at these systems in a ny and Women’s History Month program. leaders, offers 170 slots each year for prior-service Soldiers,
“2011 is definitely a transition year for the U.S. Army -- that portfolio and see where we might not be able to find efficiency,” The museum expansion includes a new exhibit titled “writing yet many go unfilled.
is a year we see ourselves getting back into balance,” said Gen. he said. women back into history,” which corresponds with the Depart- Each school year, 85 seats for active-duty and another 85
Peter W. Chiarelli. “We define balance as 12 months deployed, The general also discussed the numbers of mine-resistant ment of Defense theme for the 2010 Women’s History Month for Reserve and Guard Soldiers are reserved in the incom-
24 months or greater at home. That’s the interim goal for us in ambush-protected vehicles Soldiers have for training purposes, observance. ing freshman class, but only about 50 in each category are
2011.” efforts to ensure there are plenty of MRAPs going to Afghani- The U.S. Army Women’s Museum is the only Army museum filled.
The general told the House Armed Forces Committee readi- stan, and plans to reset the MRAP after it is no longer needed in that focuses on the contributions of females who’ve served, and “I know the 85 Soldiers are out there, we just have to
ness subcommittee March 16 that it will likely be the larger part either Iraq or Afghanistan. it was only fitting that the month’s observance be held there. reach them,” said Maj. Brian Easley, the Soldier admissions
of the Army that will reach that goal next year, but Soldiers with The general said the Army is “a little nervous” about the This year also marked the 30th anniversary of President Jimmy officer at the academy.
some military occupational specialties, such as Soldiers in avia- number of MRAPs in the United States for training, versus being Carter declaring the week of March 8, 1980, as the first National The admissions period lasts from August until November
tion, might reach it later. used operationally, but that the Army has been able so far to pull Women’s History Week. of each year, and the final deadline for prior-service Soldiers
Chiarelli was on Capitol Hill to discuss the Army’s this off. He said MRAP training simulators, such as at Camp The guest speaker, retired Command Sgt. Maj. Michele S. who already have SAT scores was in February.
$107.3-billion Fiscal Year 2011 base and overseas contingency Shelby, are a “partial solution.” He also said the Army is working Jones, appointed Special Assistant to the Secretary of Defense Applying to West Point as a prior-service Soldier has its
operations budget request for operations and maintenance. to get more MRAPs to meet its needs. White House Liaison, said she knows all about being a part of benefits: current active-duty or reserve-component Sol-
Lawmakers asked the four vice service chiefs in attendance Also, he said, when MRAPs are no longer needed for Iraq and history. By earning command sergeant major of the U.S. Army diers don’t need a congressional nomination. Prior-service
at the hearing about the increasing cost of weapons purchases. Afghanistan, they will become part of the regular Army. Reserve, she was the first woman to serve as command sergeant Soldiers must simply request a service-connected nomina-
Chiarelli said the Army is looking at weapons systems now in “MRAP vehicles will in fact be moved into our formations.” major of any of the Army components. She was also the first tion from their commander, which means they don’t have to
“portfolios” to get a clearer picture of where it may be paying for The general also told legislators he expects the Army to be in woman selected as class president at the U.S. Sergeants Major compete for a congressional-appointed slot.
things it might not need. reset for up to three years after leaving Iraq and Afghanistan. Academy. “It’s an amazing opportunity for Soldiers to reach their
“Writing women back into history is important, as we know full potential,” Easley explained.
too much of it is left out,” said Jones, as she reflected on the The requirements for admission to West Point include
‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ impact a repeal would have on readiness,
recruiting, retention, family readiness and
Additional Phases month’s theme. “There is history being made every day. The his- being between 17 and 22 years old, a U.S. citizen, single
tory is great, and good to know, but it’s the legacy left behind that without dependents, with an above-average academic record,
Review Seeks Broad Input unit cohesion, Johnson said.
The working group conducting the
Identified for Iraq is really important. Accomplishments and achievements tell me in good physical health and to be able to pass the Candidate
what you did when you lived, but legacy tells me how you did it.”
By Donna Miles
American Forces Press Service
review is comprised of a cross-section of Campaign Medal Fitness Assessment.
For more information about the prior-service Soldier
the military. Its members represent a wide
The Department of Defense has autho- admissions process, please visit the admissions office Web
The Defense Department’s review on the
potential impact of repealing “Don’t Ask,
variety of ages, ranks and military special-
ties, come from every service, including the
rized additional campaign stars for wear Wounded Warrior Web Site Upgraded site at http://admissions.usma.edu/.
Don’t Tell,” the ban on gays serving openly on the Iraq Campaign Medal (ICM). DoD Public Affairs
Coast Guard, and serve in both the active
in the military, will solicit input from The campaign stars recognize a service The Department of Defense’s National Resource Directory
and reserve components.
troops of every service and rank — as well member’s participation in DoD desig- (NRD) Web site for wounded, ill and injured servicemembers,
The members are expected to use a
as their families — through surveys, focus survey to get the views from military
nated campaigns in Iraq.
Servicemembers who have quali-
veterans, their families and those who support them, recently Military Spouse Career Program Resumes
groups and social media tools. members and their families. However, received a comprehensive system upgrade.
fied for the ICM may display a bronze Military spouses currently enrolled in the Military Spouse Ca-
The team heading up the review, Jeh C. acknowledging the importance of personal This Web site compiles federal, state, local and non-profit
campaign star on their medal for each reer Advancement program can again receive tuition assistance.
Johnson, the Pentagon’s general counsel; interaction, Ham said focus groups will be resources for wounded warriors, veterans, family members and
designated campaign phase in which they “We made a commitment to our military spouses when they
Army Gen. Carter F. Ham, commander of conducted as well, some targeting specific caregivers in a single, searchable site.
participated. The stars will be worn on established a career advancement account and we will be true to
U.S. Army Europe; and Clifford Stanley, groups within the military. “We worked closely with users of the National Resource
the suspension and campaign ribbon of our promises,” said Tommy Thomas, deputy under secretary of
undersecretary of defense for personnel The group will will also solicit input Directory to find out how to make the information they need
the campaign medal. defense, military community and family policy.
and readiness, told the House Armed through social mediums to ensure the easier to find,” said Noel Koch, deputy under secretary of defense
The additional campaign phases and The first phase of the reinstated program will enable the de-
Services Committee in March, that they broadest range of individuals, both within for Wounded Warrior Care and Transition Policy. “The resulting
associated dates established for the ICM partment to continue to pay up to $6,000 in tuition assistance for
seek to get the widest range of viewpoints and outside the Defense Department, get redesign is easier to navigate and adds useful new features.”
are Iraqi Surge - Jan. 10, 2007 to Dec. 31, spouses currently enrolled.
from both within and outside the Defense their voices heard, Ham said. A new “bookmark and share” application helps visitors alert
2008 and Iraqi Sovereignty - Jan. 1, 2009 The program was launched March 2, 2009, to assist mili-
Department. Pentagon Press Secretary Geoff Morrell others to the content they’ve found most helpful through social
through a date to be determined. tary spouses in attaining portable careers in high-demand,
Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said the working group’s study will help bookmarking, Facebook, Twitter, and other social networking
Four other phases, previously identi- high-growth occupations. An unexpected spike in enrollment
ordered the 10-month review in February better prepare the department to act if tools. The redesigned site also highlights resources to assist home-
fied, include Liberation of Iraq – March prompted the Defense Department to pause the program Feb. 16.
about a repeal and the potential impact of Congress repeals or changes the law. less veterans.
19, 2003 to May 1, 2003; Transition of A thorough review began immediately to assure the program was
it. He issued guidelines and parameters for “Right now, we’re not in the position to NRD users can also recommend additional resources. All
Iraq – May 2, 2003 to June 28, 2004: accomplishing its intended goals. The program was resumed.
the review, emphasizing the importance be able to offer any advice to the Congress resources are thoroughly vetted prior to inclusion on the Na-
Iraqi Governance – June 29, 2004 to Dec. The Defense Department is currently developing options for
of ensuring that any change in the law on a legislative remedy to ‘Don’t Ask, tional Resource Directory, and as always, content is updated and
15, 2005; and the National Resolution the long-term management of the program and expects to an-
is implemented in a way that minimizes Don’t Tell’ if they wanted to pursue one,” reviewed daily by a content management team which includes
phase, which began Dec. 16, 2005, to nounce the details soon.
disruptions in military operations. Morrell said. “We just don’t know enough veterans and subject matter experts.
Jan. 9, 2007. Visit MyCAA at https://aiportal.acc.af.mil/mycaa/.
The focus will be on assessing any about the impact.” Visit www.NationalResourceDirectory.gov.
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gold badges - recruiter rings - february 2010
morrell awards - february 2010
gold badges recruiter rings
COLUMBIA 1ST MRB SSG Julius Rodriguez MILWAUKEE
SFC Anita Mcneil SSG John Bryant SSG Michael Kirby
SSG Ryan Atkinson LOS ANGELES PHOENIX BECKLEY
6TH MRB CLEVELAND SFC Jung Kim SSG Javier Najera SFC Scott Jobe MONTGOMERY
HARRISBURG CPT Rodney Collins SSG William Farmer SFC Jose Mendoza SGT Steven Sierra SFC Sean Lohr SSG Angela Kennedy
SFC Chad Ashburn SFC Raymond Berlejung SFC Hugo Munozrivera SFC Herley Shockley
SSG Joseph Badey COLUMBIA SFC Dennis Tucker RALEIGH NEW ENGLAND
ALBANY SFC Joaquin Bethea SSG David Garcia SFC Eddie Hughey CHICAGO SFC Jesse Boardman
JACKSONVILLE SFC David Dixon SFC Angela Davis SSG Seijin Garrido SFC Raymond Prioleau SFC Lori Darling SFC Channcy Croker
SSG Ethan Braud SFC Aaron Rudroff SFC Pamela Dickens SSG Anthony Hopkins SSG Wayne Dorr SFC Johnathan Giles SFC Aaron Elizarraras
SSG Joseph Hudson SGT Jennifer Dowling SFC Allen French SSG Carson Morris SSG Larry Phillips SFC Tyrone Hayes SFC Everet Sterling
SSG Justin Kreutzer SFC Jamie Wagoner SSG Emerson Striveson SGT Latisha Graham SFC William Slade SSG Christopher Jackson
SSG Richard Townsend ATLANTA SFC Tilton Washington SGT Jason Compton SGT Russell Grainger SSG Joseph Beard
SGT Giovanni Martinez SFC Cynthia Sandoval SSG Robert Baggott SGT Brian Presto SGT Bridget Serrano SSG Calvin Lee NEW YORK CITY
SGT Charles Morris SSG Astacio Alicea SSG Jeff Chuniesingh SGT Steven Smrcka SSG Edwin Torres SGT Mark Austin
SSG Randall Fry SSG Faustin Desir MIAMI
MINNEAPOLIS SSG Brian Jamison SSG Rachel Haywood SFC Eduardo Amoedo SACRAMENTO COLUMBIA PHOENIX
SSG Marcus Chandler SSG Mitchell Richard SSG Calvin Mims SFC Farante Parker SSG Nicholas Soldan SFC Gregory Cooley SFC William Mcclendon
SGT George Culleton SGT William Linder SSG Matthew Sisson SSG Erineldo Chico SGT Thomas Champion SFC Jesus Morales-Gonzalez SSG Joseph Garcia
SGT Dario Maldonado SGT Daniel Ellenburg SSG Brendan Gill SFC Augustin Robinson SSG Timothy Hunter
NEW YORK CITY SGT Robert Jordan SSG Hancell Pie SALT LAKE CITY SSG Desmond Crayton SSG Carlos Valladares
SFC Martin Thompson BALTIMORE SGT Michael Tice SSG Eric Ramos Matos SGT Thomas Peebles SSG Thomas Dawson
SSG Issac Frutos SGT Shawn Bateman SSG Angel Sosa SGT Michael Wanless PORTLAND
SSG Patrick Sence DALLAS SSG Erwin Tellez DALLAS SSG Donald Anderson
SGT Latoya Daniel BATON ROUGE SSG Bryan Hays SGT Andres Avendano Lopez SAN ANTONIO SSG Roger Torres SSG Gregory Marrett
SGT Melvin Harvey SGT Todd Clark SGT Ricardo Anthony SGT Barry Lacayo SFC Monica Cruz
SGT Nathaniel Powell SGT Carlos Ortiz SFC Cecil Lane FRESNO RALEIGH
BECKLEY FRESNO SGT Robert Whisenhunt SFC David Minor SSG Lee Lewis SFC Joel Crosby
OKLAHOMA CITY SSG Joseph Berg SFC Raul Eclarino SFC Jesus Vallejo SFC Celso Ruiz
SSG Christopher Spears SSG James Dillon SSG Kenzy Brown MILWAUKEE HARRISBURG SFC Darren Vogt
SGT James Lane SGT Lailaan Anderson SSG George Garcia SSG Troy Fisher SEATTLE SFC Steven Torres SSG Giovanni Selles
SGT Scott Johnson SSG Ian Mally SFC Stanley Ellison SSG Christopher Turner-Smart
PHOENIX SGT Elvis Ochoa SSG Christian Martindelcampo MONTGOMERY SSG Robert Mykleby HOUSTON SSG Jeremy Walker
SFC Dustin Olverson SSG Siphan Phan SFC Jeffrey Tyree SGT Nathanael Lewis SSG Anh Nguyen
SSG Samuel Heer CHICAGO SSG Truong Phan SGT Ervin Mcclure SALT LAKE CITY
SSG Luis Tirado SFC Alfred Brownlee SSG Bradley Williams NEW ENGLAND JACKSONVILLE SFC Thaddeus Rule
SGT Monroe Bullock SFC Hans Drupiewski SGT Antonio Hart SFC Gregory Jencks TAMPA SFC Kristy Frandsen SSG William Berry
SGT Austin Couturier SFC Kenyada Flowers SFC Johan Ponder SSG Samuel Davis SSG Nathan Henry
SFC Juan Saenz INDIANAPOLIS SFC Thomas Whittemore SGT Justine Barnes LOS ANGELES SSG Charles Sandborgh
TAMPA SFC Anthony Siler SFC Todd Bailey SSG Hamilton Koch SFC Floyd Harris SGT Scott Haley
SFC Morgan Durham SFC Glendon Sorrell SSG David Antonio SSG Timothy Oday SSG Aikojay Calderon
SSG Stephen Blackman SSG David Hinshaw SSG Paul Shelton SSG Samuel Cruz SEATTLE
SSG Andrea Cooper SSG Dustin Thayer SSG Pedro Diaz SFC Jason Dalton
SSG Charles Davis JACKSONVILLE SGT Joshua Adgate SSG Do Kim SFC Ras Roberts
SSG Joshua Kelly SFC Patrick Brunson SGT Todd Pinkham SSG Jeffrey Lee
SSG Jovia Sutton SFC Preston Thomas TAMPA
SSG Damian Williams SSG Fernando Garciagarcia NEW YORK CITY MIAMI SFC John Gans
SGT Damian Burgos SSG John Tilley SGT Fernando Floresrangel SFC Nakeshia Brown SSG Tammy Ligeri
SGT Scott Garbin SGT Kristi Reach SFC Jorge Luis Martinez SSG Joel Maldonadoramos
SGT George Marshbanks SGT Theodore Robbins OKLAHOMA CITY SFC Jorge Mendezfuentes SSG Albert Mezquita-Ventura
SGT Randall Mcnutt SGT Kenneth Rosado SSG Randell Freeman SSG Roy Leon SGT Joshua Witt
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1. As a recruiter, you automatically assume the role of 6. What makes up the gross contract mission?
counselor. Your wise counsel is based on what? a. A percentage (approximately 10 percent) of the acces-
a. Prospect’s expectations sion mission.
b. Experience and Army values b. The accession mission minus the station level mission.
c. Prospect’s education level c. The accession mission minus any Future Soldier losses.
d. Knowledge of the prospect’s goals d. The accession mission plus a percentage.
2. What are the five areas of emphasis that make up the 7. You are at a community pancake breakfast with a
foundation for successful recruiting? goal of building relationships within the community.
a. Prospecting, Army interview, processing, Future Soldier Which recruiting operation are you performing?
Training Program (FSTP) and follow-up a. Decisive
b. Internal networking, external networking, prospecting, b. Shaping
processing and training c. Sustaining
c. Planning, leading, communicating, counseling and d. Conditioning
d. Intelligence gathering, evaluating the market, informa- 8. You are having a conversation with an individual
tion distribution, building relationships and network centric sharing your Army story. During the conversation he
recruiting mentions that a local factory is closing. Which recruit-
ing function does this information fall into?
3. Which is the benefit of using network-centric a. Intelligence
operations? b. Prospecting
a. It replaces traditional information gathering c. Interviewing
b. It updates recruiting information systems d. Processing
c. It enhances external network opportunities
d. It improves information sharing 9. __________ is any action to make one-on-one
contact with qualified individuals who are willing to
4. __________ operations refer to direct actions you hear the Army story.
take to accomplish your mission, such as prospecting. a. Processing
a. Shaping b. Training
b. Sustaining c. Prospecting
c. Decisive d. Interviewing
10. The __________ network includes the community,
5. Which recruiting function gives the recruiter a his- businesses, schools, clubs and other outside organiza-
torical and current demographic view of the market? tions.
a. Intelligence gathering a. Internal
b. Prospecting b. DOD
c. Processing c. In-house
d. Training d. External
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