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					United States Army Recruiting Command   April 2010

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        COMMANDING GENERAL | RJ

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Future Soldiers -
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    U.S. Army Recruiting Command
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Members of Team from Day 1
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Commanding General:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Send submissions and correspondence to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Editor, Recruiter Journal
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                ATTN: RCMEO-PA
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 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           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                                                         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                                       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.                     
                                                                                                           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

                                                                                                                                                             Tying Up
    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,

                                                                                                                                                            Loose Ends
    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.

                                                                                                             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
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Stephan Frennier
                                                                                                          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 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                                                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 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 relevant and productive.
                                                           pages and more than 58,000 locate-a-
                                                           recruiter contacts.
                                                                                                          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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                                           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
                                     Roever did.
                                         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.



           79R NCOs
                                 Outside USAREC

                   USAREC Personnel Development Division, RRS-Forward
       Regular Army recruiters can aspire to be station commanders, guidance counselors, first sergeants
       and drill sergeants.
            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
       development model.

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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
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     maintaining mobile
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     recruiting assets.
                                                Story and photos by Julia Bobick                                                                                                                                                     BELOW: The USAREC
                                                Editor                                                                                                                                                                               G3 Deputy Director,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Frank Shaffery,

                                                         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-
                                                                                                              recruiting centers.
        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
              Philipe Pontiès,
           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.
           Senior Operations
                                                                         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

                                                                                             What NOT
                                                                                                                                                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
      your pages.
                                                                                                                                                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

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                                 Webisodes Busting
                                 Common Myths

                                          esearch shows that basic training is one of the primary fears of joining the Army.
                                 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,” 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
                                 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 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 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

                                                                                                                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.

                             Future Soldiers
By Fonda Bock
Associate Editor
                                                                             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
                                                                                 Future Soldiers
                                                                                                       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.
                                                                                 Snowy weather
                                                                                                       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
                                                                                 limits squad
                                                                                 leaders’ options
                                                                                                       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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                                    Making Time
                                      Stay Fit
                                          taff Sgt. Matthew C. Walker
                                          ran eight perfect Army
                                                                                                                                                                                                      Story and photos
                                                                                                                                                                                                      by Jonathan E. Agee

                                                                                    “ Youwhenever you can.on your
                                                                                                                                                                                                      1st Brigade
                                          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.”
                                                you can.”

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          Think Your Family Can’t Afford College?                                                                                                                                                                             Percentage
                                                                                                                                                                                Active Duty Service                           of maximum

          Soldiers can
                                                                                                                          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
                                           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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                                      Are you


                                                              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.
                                                                           approving official.
        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 E3.2.3.2.                         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
                                                                      Raleigh Battalion

                                                                      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
    Jacksonville Battalion
                                                                              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
                                                                                                      same page.
                                                                                                         “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
                                                                                                                                                         APRIL JOHNSON

    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
                                                                                                          Mid-Atlantic Battalion
                                                                                                                                                         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
    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
        The focus will be on assessing any         about the impact.”                                                                              Visit

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gold badges - recruiter rings - february 2010

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               morrell awards - february 2010
                                                                                                                                                                                                    morrell awards
                                                                 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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    The TesT
    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
    d. Support
                                                                             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

    The answer key is on Recruiting ProNet. Look for the Recruiter Journal Test Answer link in the left column.
    If you want to see the answer key, you must be a member of Recruiting ProNet. If you’re not already a member, you’re missing out on a great way
    to learn from other recruiting professionals. To apply for membership, click “Become a member” on the Recruiting ProNet home page: aspx?id=51486 .

                    Phase line success

 1st Brigade     2d Brigade       3d Brigade           5th Brigade        6th Brigade          Medical Brigade

                                  February Fiscal Year 2010
                                        Top Large Station
Melrose         Elizabeth City   Saint Paul           Seminole           Garden Grove          Manchester
New York City   Raleigh          Minneapolis          Kansas City        Southern California   1st MRB

                                        Top Small Station
Norwich         St. Croix        Aberdeen             Glenwood Springs   Culver City           Syracuse
Albany BN       Miami            Minneapolis          Denver             Los Angeles           1st MRB

                                             Top Company
Richmond        Winston Salem    Clarksville          Western Slope      Fullerton             Boston
Beckley         Raleigh          Nashville            Denver             Southern California   2nd MRB

                                             Top Battalion
Beckley         Tampa            Nashville            None               Salt Lake             1st MRB

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