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Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army for Marketing, Mark Davis, Guest Speaker at the US Army Advisory Board Meeting Held in Downey, CaliforniaThe Assistant Secretary of the Army for Marketing and Director of the Army Marketing and Research Group, Mr. Mark Davis was the guest speaker for the Advisory Board held 18 January 2013.

The Commander of the Los Angeles Army Recruiting Battalion, LTC Scott Peterson opened the January 18th Community Advisory Board (CAB) meeting by introducing the Garfield High School Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps Color Guard who led the Posting of the Colors and the National Anthem.

Photo right - The Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army for Marketing and Director of the Army Marketing and Research Group, Mr. Mark Davis was the guest speaker for the Advisory Board held 18 January 2013.

California District 3 Councilman Dennis P. Zine shared the five year history of the CAB and how they helped the Army officials connect with the community and school board. "The program has exploded in popularity and we keep striving together towards all our initiatives in recruiting" Zine told the members and invited guests. He thanked the Coca-Cola Corporation for hosting the first quarterly meeting of 2013.

Photo below -LTC Scott Peterson, Commander of the Los Angeles Army Recruiting Battalion, presented Mr. Davis with his own Hollywood star.

LTC Peterson presented Mr. Davis with his own Hollywood star. The Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army for Marketing and Director of the Army Marketing and Research Group (AMRG), Mr. Mark Davis was the guest speaker. Mr. Davis began by explaining the difficulty the Army has grasping the concept of marketing. "We now have an organization in D.C. that manages national level Army marketing (AMRG) that works toward building an enterprise brand for the Army." He explained further stating AMRG has two missions: Build the enterprise brand; Make the Army the first choice for prospects. "Only 22.6 percent of America meets the minimum standards to join the military." The US Army is better educated than America as 98% are high school graduates while America is barely hitting 80%. Mr. Davis told the board "We are going to build the brand equity of the Army."

Mr. Davis shared part of AMRG's vision to better coordinate with all the Army's communication proponents including Army Public Affairs, Legislative Affairs, Recruiting and Cadet Commands as well as the Army staff to ensure the core Army story is synchronized through all communication channels, marketing, advertising, recruitment, public and legislative affairs. LTC Peterson introduces the Garfield High School Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps Color Guard

Mr. Geoff Slajer, Distribution Center Manager at Coca-Cola Refreshments, Downey, CA shared the history of Coca-Cola. He explained several initiatives launched this year for Coca-Cola to embrace the veteran population. “We hired 807 military veterans last year” Slajer said. Board members and guests were invited to tour the distribution and manufacturing facility.

Photo right - LTC Peterson introduces the Garfield High School Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps Color Guard

See the amazing video of the meeting on the Army PaYS Facebook page.

Groendyke Transport President, Gregory R. Hodgen, signing the partnership agreement with Lt. Col. Wesley MacMullen, Commander of the Oklahoma City Army Recruiting Battalion, Oklahoma City Army Recruiting Battalion.Groendyke Transport, Inc. Delivers Job Opportunities to Veterans

Photo right - Groendyke Transport President, Gregory R. Hodgen, signing the partnership agreement with Lt. Col. Wesley MacMullen, Commander of the Oklahoma City Army Recruiting Battalion, Oklahoma City Army Recruiting Battalion.

The U.S. Army PaYS program welcomed Groendyke Transport, Inc. as a partner along with the Oklahoma City Recruiting Battalion during a ceremony held January 29, 2013. Members of the Oklahoma City Recruiting Battalion joined employees from Groendyke Transport for a dinner meet and greet followed by the official ceremony.

Groendyke has always been a wonderful fit for returning veterans because of their unique skills, expertise in hauling hazardous materials and dedication to service. It seemed only natural to partner with Army PaYS according to Manager of Recruitment and Retention Services, Holly McCormick. "What a wonderful opportunity to begin a relationship with potential drivers while they are still in service. This allows us to find candidates that are truly dedicated to safety and service, "said McCormick.

Groendyke Transport President, Gregory R. Hodgen is presented the "star note" by Lt. Col. Wesley MacMullen, Commander of the Oklahoma City Army Recruiting Battalion.
Groendyke Transport Inc. provides superior and dependable transportation services and bulk logistics solutions which consistently deliver value to leading companies who place a premium on safety and performance. Groendyke Transport is a privately held family-owned company and a six-time Heil Trophy winner for best overall safety record and program in the county.

The Heil Trophy is a prestigious trophy awarded by the National Tank Truck Carriers Association to the tank truck carrier with the best overall safety record and safety programs in the country. Groendyke has been awarded the Heil Trophy Award an industry leading six times.

Photo left - Groendyke Transport President, Gregory R. Hodgen is presented the "star note" by Lt. Col. Wesley MacMullen, Commander of the Oklahoma City Army Recruiting Battalion.

The Making of a PaYS Testimonial Video- Featuring 1st Mariner BancorpWilliam Russell and Michael Walls from the Advertising Production team, Army Marketing & Research Group in Alexandria VA shot video of Ciara Brown waiting on a customer.

Photo right and below - William Russell and Michael Walls from the Advertising Production team, Army Marketing & Research Group in Alexandria VA, shot video of Ciara Brown waiting on a customer.
William Russell and Michael Walls from the Advertising Production team, Army Marketing & Research Group in Alexandria VA shot video of Ciara Brown waiting on a customer.

The PaYS program is producing the 1st Mariner Bancorp video of their first hire, Army Reservist Ciara Brown. Filmed in Maryland at the Cockeysville branch, both Ms. Brown and the branch manager Kathy Scott were highlighted. 1st Mariner Bancorp became a PaYS partner in 2009 and hired their first PaYS Soldier just three years later.

Tina Price, 1st Mariner Bancorp Employment Manager, was excited to participate in a video featuring one of her employees.  “We are proud of our association with the Army PaYS program and Ciara certainly represents both the Army and 1st Mariner Bancorp well."

The film crew consisted of US Army Marketing & Research Group (AMRG) Advertising Production team William Russell and Michael Walls, PaYS Senior Marketing Analyst, Shae Warzocha and PaYS Marketing Coordinator, Sheila Oberlitner.

Branch manager Kathy Scott is interviewed by Shae Warzocha at the Cockeysville, MD 1st Mariner Bancorp branch The interview began with Ms. Scott sharing a history of 1st Mariner Bancorp as a small bank that provides all the same services as a big bank. "We definitely want to hire more veterans and value the traits they've learned in the Army. Ciara exhibits all the qualities we want our employees to have when dealing with our customers. Ciara is rather shy and quiet but during the interview I could see there was strength in her and I knew she would work well with our clientele."

Photo left - Branch manager Kathy Scott is interviewed by Shae Warzocha at the Cockeysville, MD 1st Mariner Bancorp branch.

When it was Ms. Brown's turn to be in front of the cameras, she rose to the occasion. "Ciara originally declined the request to participate in the video testimonial. She is a hard worker and very dedicated but just not comfortable with all the attention." Ms. Price said. Eventually Ms. Brown realized what a great opportunity the video testimonial would be for the bank and future Soldiers considering the Army. Ciara Brown gets wired for sound by Michael Walls.

Ms. Brown joined the Army Reserve to move out of a stagnant job. "The job I originally wanted wasn't available, so I took a job where I could help people." Ms. Brown joined as a 74D Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, (CBRN) Specialist. "The job came with the PaYS option and I had three employers to pick from, and since my degree will be in business management, I figured all businesses deal with money and banking so I chose 1st Mariner Bancorp."

Photo right - Ciara Brown gets wired for sound by Michael Walls.

When asked if her Army experience helps in her civilian career, Ms. Brown said "In my unit I work with all ranks and personalities, and at the bank, people skills are very important to make sure our clients get the very best service possible."

Watch for the final version of the video to appear on the PaYS web site and the site.

"This was a great experience and we are thrilled to share our story" Ms. Price remarked.

Partners interested in featuring their PaYS employees in a video testimonial are encouraged to contact their PaYS Marketing Analyst.

Welcome New PaYS Partners

467 - Total Quality Logistics, LLC - Columbus Bn - Total Quality Logistics, LLC (TQL) is the nation's 3rd largest freight brokerage firm. For over 14 years, TQL's more than 1,500 logistics professionals have facilitated the movement of over 500,000 truckload shipments for more than 7,000 customers. TQL wants to hire veterans in sales, IT, HR, accounting, truck drivers and marketing positions. They have job opportunities in IL, FL, NC, SC, IN, CO and TX.

468 - Kennametal Inc. - Harrisburg Bn - Kennametal Inc. is a supplier of tooling and industrial materials. Productions include aggregates, metalworking, abrasive flow products, cutting tools, metallurgy, mining equipment, woodworking and fluid handling. Kennametal is interested in filling their sales force, production and manufacturing positions with Veterans.

President Barack Obama speaks to troops, service members, and military families.President Obama's Commitment to Veterans Must Remain a Second-Term Priority

By Lawrence J. Korb and Patrick Murphy, Senior Fellows at the Center for American Progress | February 13, 2013

In last night's State of the Union address, President Barack Obama reaffirmed his commitment to the men, women, and families who have carried the burdens of a decade of war. In his first term, the president made veterans care one of his top priorities. As a result, as most federal agencies grapple with austerity measures, the president's budget request this year includes $140 billion in funding for the Department of Veterans Affairs—a 40 percent increase in funding since the president took office.

Over the past four years, as the United States wound down its operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Obama administration has poured resources into programs intended to support service members as they transition into civilian life, focusing in particular on three critical endeavors: reducing the rates of unemployment, suicide, and homelessness in the veteran population.

Yet as the United States ends its combat mission in Afghanistan and reduces the size of its ground forces to near prewar levels, the federal government will face a growing population of new veterans. In the president's second term, the Obama administration, along with its partners in Congress and in the private sector, must continue the progress we've made in supporting our men and women in uniform as they come home from war.


The unemployment rate for the overall veteran population, 7.6 percent as of January 2013, is actually lower than the national unemployment rate, which has hovered around 8 percent for much of the past year. But this figure masks a significantly graver employment situation for Gulf War II veterans—those who have served since 9/11. In 2010 the unemployment rate for veterans who served during one of America's recent wars stood at 11.5 percent; in 2011 it rose to 12.1 percent.

To address this problem, the Obama administration launched a broad array of initiatives to help service members translate their skills to the civilian workforce. Chief among these programs: a redesign of the military's Transition Assistance Program, or TAP. Once commonly known as "death by PowerPoint," the revamped version of this program includes individual counseling and career-specific curriculum. Perhaps most significantly, under the redesigned program, transition planning will be incorporated into the entirety of a service member's career. That is, troops will begin preparing for their postmilitary careers as soon as they enter the force.

The president also worked with Congress to pass the VOW to Hire Heroes Act, which provides companies with a substantial tax credit if they hire unemployed or disabled veterans. Also, he used his executive authority to establish a national Veterans Job Bank and to create My Next Move, an online database that helps connect veterans with jobs that build off their military experience. Finally, the Joining Forces Initiative, headed by First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden, has brought in private-sector partners to secure jobs for 125,000 veterans or military spouses in 2012 alone.

The administration's full-court press appears to be showing results. In the last quarter of 2012, unemployment among Gulf War II veterans fell to 10.3 percent, according to Bureau of Labor Statistics data. Yet even with these gains, too many capable and qualified veterans remain without jobs. In September 2012 Republicans in Congress blocked the passage of the president's proposed veterans job corps. Intended to address the problem of post-9/11 veteran unemployment, the jobs bill would have hired veterans who have served since September 2011 as policemen, firefighters, and national park employees. Moreover, the $1 billion cost of the measure would have been offset through penalties on tax-delinquent Medicare providers, rendering it deficit-neutral.

Over the past decade, Congress has authorized hundreds of billions of dollars in supplemental war funding to provide our men and women in uniform the support they need while they are on the battlefield. This commitment should not end once they return home. Over the next four years, Congress should work with the president to fulfill our national commitment to the men and women who have served their country so admirably over the past decade.

Suicide, mental health, and traumatic brain injury

The Department of Veterans Affairs estimates that an average of 22 veterans committed suicide each day in 2010, the most recent year for which comprehensive statistics are available. The United States has a moral imperative to address the epidemic of veterans' suicides and ensure our veterans get the care they need and earned.

The Department of Veterans Affairs has struggled to assess, track, and respond to the mental health needs of veterans, particularly those returning from Iraq and Afghanistan. This new generation of veterans has served in complex environments and against uncertain adversaries, often over multiple tours of duty without sufficient time between deployments. Additionally, the prevalence of improvised explosive devices and rocket-propelled grenades, along with improvements in battlefield medical care, mean that many more veterans return home with traumatic brain injuries or other disabilities, which can increase the risk of post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, and other associated conditions.

The Obama administration has made mental health care for veterans, service members, and their families a high priority, issuing an executive order in August 2012 to improve access and increase the resources immediately available to at-risk veterans. The president's order expanded the capacity of the Department of Veterans Affairs crisis line to ensure access to a mental health worker within 24 hours, and inaugurated a campaign to inform veterans and service members of the options available and the benefits of seeking care. According to the Department of Veterans Affairs, the veterans' crisis line has made successful interventions in 26,000 cases of actively suicidal veterans to date, demonstrating the importance of removing barriers to early consultation for at-risk patients. The president's directive also provided for an interagency task force on veterans' mental health co-chaired by the secretaries of defense, veterans affairs, and health and human services, and ordered a review of existing programs to determine which are most effective.

Such interagency cooperation is crucial to tackling the issues of mental health care and suicide prevention for our veterans. As the Department of Defense confronts its own epidemic of suicides—the military lost more troops to suicide than to combat in 2012—the Pentagon and the Department of Veterans Affairs should look for opportunities to cooperate to flag and support at-risk service members, ensuring that they receive the support they need before, during, and after their transition from military to civilian life.


Upon taking office, Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki set an ambitious goal of ending veteran homelessness by 2015. The most recent analysis from the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Department of Housing and Urban Development estimates that there were roughly 62,600 homeless veterans in January 2012, a 7.2 percent decline from 2011, and a 17.2 percent decline since 2009—against a decline of 1 percent among the entire population. The Department of Veterans Affairs attributes the success to a concerted effort to increase awareness of Veterans Affairs services available to homeless or at-risk veterans. The department has announced $300 million in grants for community organizations serving homeless veterans. Over the next four years, the Obama administration and Congress should ensure the Department of Veterans Affairs receives the funding necessary to continue these impressive gains in combatting veteran homelessness.

A second-term agenda

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender veterans. This week, the Pentagon announced it will extend new benefits to spouses of gay service members.* Yet the Defense of Marriage Act, or DOMA, still denies the families of gay service members and veterans access to crucial benefits, including health care coverage, survivor benefits, and the right to be buried in a national cemetery alongside their loved ones. President Obama stated that he believes the Defense of Marriage Act to be unconstitutional and instructed the Justice Department not to defend the law. The Defense of Marriage Act denies gay troops, veterans, and their families access to many of the services designed to help them weather the long-term stresses caused by repeated deployments and military life. The administration should continue to do everything in its power to extend all legally possible benefits to gay veterans and their families, thereby ensuring that all service members and veterans, regardless of their sexual orientation, receive the support they deserve.

Civilian credentialing. For many highly qualified veterans, credentialing and licensing regulations pose barriers to transferring their skills to the civilian workforce. A veteran who has served as a medic in Afghanistan should not have to start from scratch in earning his or her civilian credential as a nurse or physician assistant. At the direction of President Obama, the Department of Defense created a Military Credentialing and Licensing Task Force focused on reducing the credentialing barriers for veterans in industries such as manufacturing, information technology, health care, transportation, and logistics. The task force has already rolled out its reforms in the manufacturing sector—allowing service members to test for civilian credentials immediately upon finishing their military training will lay the groundwork to provide up to 126,000 service members with the industry-recognized certificates they need. In its second term, the administration should continue its work to provide simple, logical avenues to civilian credentialing in the other sectors identified by the task force, including healthcare, information technology, transportation, and logistics.

For-profit colleges. The post-9/11 G.I. Bill helps thousands of veterans attend college each year. Due to these generous benefits, however, veterans can be lucrative targets for malicious or deceptive recruiting by for-profit colleges. Last year President Obama issued an executive order intended to protect veterans from recruiting by higher education institutions that have questionable credentials, low graduation rates, or that cost much more than public universities. This executive order will require for-profit colleges to disclose more information about student outcomes. But more needs to be done to help veterans make informed choices as they pursue postsecondary schooling. Last month the Department of Veterans Affairs launched its first study monitoring how veterans are performing at their universities of choice. In its second term, the Obama administration should expand its efforts to track how veterans are using their G.I. benefits, with the aim of ensuring that the program shows results.

Avert sequestration. With the end of the war in Iraq and the beginning of the drawdown in Afghanistan, the size of our nation's ground forces will—and should—come down. But through this rebalancing process, it is essential that military and civilian leaders remember the debt that is owed to the men and women, and their families, who have borne the brunt of more than a decade of war. Ensuring that we take care of our returning veterans—making sure they can find jobs, use their G.I. benefits to go to college or receive additional training, get equivalent civilian credentials for jobs they performed in the military, receive prompt and excellent health care, and receive assistance in facing homelessness or substance abuse problems—is a moral imperative.

Sequestration remains a threat to our ability to fulfill these promises. While the Budget Control Act properly exempted most of the Department of Veterans Affairs from cuts, sequestration would still make it difficult to meet the needs of a rapidly growing veteran population by hitting the department's administrative activities as well as veterans programs run through other departments, such as the Department of Labor. Congressional leaders, particularly those who voted to take us to war, must understand that the costs of our interventions in Iraq and Afghanistan will continue for decades after the conclusion of hostilities. It is essential that, having supported the wars, Congress continue to support the troops.

* In this column "gay" is used as an umbrella term to describe people that identify as lesbian, gay, or bisexual.

Number of Unemployed Veterans up 150,000 in Four Months

By Leo Shane III - Stars and Stripes

WASHINGTON — The number of unemployed veterans rose above 800,000 in January, a spike that raises concerns about the long-term viability of efforts to find jobs for former military personnel.

According to Bureau of Labor Statistics data, the overall unemployment rate for veterans rose to 7.6 percent in January, more than 1 percent above where it was last fall but still below the national rate of 7.9 percent.

But the total number of veterans unsuccessfully looking for work rose to 844,000, almost 150,000 more than it was four months ago.

January 2011 was the worst month for veterans' employment in recent years, with more than 1.1 million former service members out of work. The negative trend then prompted lawmakers and White House officials to push for new tax credits, job training programs and unemployment services for veterans in an effort to help their post-military transition.

Of particular concern have been newly separated veterans from the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. They posted an unemployment rate of 11.7 percent in January — their highest since last spring — but officials note that smaller sample sizes make those statistics more volatile.

Those largely 20- and 30-year-old veterans make up about one-third of the unemployed veterans, and about one-fourth of the total national veteran workforce. More than 10 million of the 21.5 million veterans in America are still in the civilian workforce.

In a statement, White House Council of Economic Advisers Chairman Alan Krueger said the overall employment numbers show there is still work to be done, but they also provide "further evidence that the U.S. economy is continuing to heal from the wounds inflicted by the worst downturn since the Great Depression."

But Florida Republican Rep. Jeff Miller, chair of the House Veterans Affairs Committee, called the news "a sobering reminder of just how bad this economy is for our nation's veterans."

"More than 800,000 veterans are jobless and nearly 12 percent of recent veterans are returning home to an unemployment line," he said in a statement. "This is unacceptable."

He promised hearings on the issue in weeks to come.

Retail trade firms, construction companies, health care businesses and restaurants were among the top hiring industries last month.

Bill Reauthorizing Veteran Reintegration Task Force Passes Utah House Committee

By Rachel Lowry - Deseret News Sergeant First Class Natalie Peterson, Staff Sergeant Wade Welcker and Chuck Rackham chat at the Employment Fair sponsored by the Utah Veterans and Military Employment Coalition at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City.

SALT LAKE CITY — A bill reauthorizing a task force to create a statewide action plan for assisting veterans with reintegration into communities passed the House Political Subdivisions Committee on Monday.

Photo right - Sergeant First Class Natalie Peterson, Staff Sergeant Wade Welcker and Chuck Rackham chat at the Employment Fair sponsored by the Utah Veterans and Military Employment Coalition at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City.

"Many veterans don't even know that they have benefits available to them for their service," said Sen. Peter Knudson, R-Brigham City, sponsor of SB38 and co-chairman of the 21-member Veterans Reintegration Task Force during the past year.

"That's frightening in many ways," Knudson said, "because many veterans are in need of services, but they are very proud group of people who do not ask for much."

One of the big problems, he said, is the lack of coordination and cooperation between various entities charged with the responsibility of giving veterans access to the benefits to which they're entitled.

"I can find no fault with anyone individually, but collectively, the communication has been horrible," Knudson said. "We believe that this task force has done a great job, but our work is not yet finished."

In each of these various entities, a person would be trained to help veterans find employment, pursue education and locate further services available.

"Our service members don't ask those questions when they're called to serve," said Rep. Tim Cosgrove, D-Murray. "You say jump, and they're already there, they're already ready, they're already prepared."

Coming back into the civilian sector presents challenges and frustrations, Cosgrove said. "The downturn in the economy doesn't help," he said. "Employment is a big issue, PTSD is a big issue, continuing marriages are a big issue, suicides are a big issue, and we've got to do a better job of communicating and coordinating those efforts together."

Joe Call, a father of three sons who have served in Iraq, voiced his support for the bill.

"I really like the concept," Call said. "It's not just people with PTSD that are having a hard time reintegrating. They come home, they've spent 12 or 15 months in the Army. They come home from an atmosphere where their adrenaline is at its highest peak the entire time they are over there, and they are doing things that are just, as we know with war, terrible, terrible things. And to come back here in a society where they grew up, with the laws they grew up with, I've seen them really struggle."

The bill passed unanimously and will now go before the full House for consideration.

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Panetta Opens Combat Roles to Women

Tom Vanden Brook and Jim Michaels, USA TODAY
8:20a.m. EST January 24, 2013

WASHINGTON — Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has lifted the military's ban on women serving in combat, a move that will allow women into hundreds of thousands of front-line positions and potentially elite commando units, a senior Pentagon official said Wednesday.

Women currently serve in a number of combat positions, including piloting warplanes or serving on ships in combat areas. Since the start of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, 292,000 women have served in those combat zones out of a total of almost 2.5 million, Pentagon records show. In both wars, 152 women have died from combat or noncombat causes, records show, and 958 have been wounded in action.

The move will be announced officially Thursday afternoon by Panetta and Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said the official, who spoke anonymously because Panetta had not yet made the announcement.

Pentagon policy restricting women from serving in combat on the ground was modified in 1994, according to the Congressional Research Service. Women cannot be assigned below the brigade level -- a unit of about 3,500 troops -- to fight on the ground. Effectively, that has barred women from infantry, artillery, armor, combat engineers and special operations units of battalion size -- about 700 troops -- or lower.

The services will have until January 2016 to implement the changes, the official said. Last year, Panetta opened up an additional 15,000 jobs to women. He ordered the remaining exclusions lifted because he had been committed to doing so since taking office, the official said.

The chiefs of the services unanimously support the change in policy, the defense official said.

The move comes as Panetta prepares to leave office. President Obama has nominated Republican former senator Chuck Hagel of Nebraska, a Vietnam combat veteran, to take his place.

The policy change requires notifying Congress, which must have 30 days to consider it. Rep. Duncan Hunter, a California Republican and Iraq war veteran, criticized the announcement, saying "it is totally out of left field. Completely."

"The question you've got to ask yourself every single time you make a change like this is: Does it increase the combat effectiveness of the military?...I think the answer is no," Hunter said.

Military services may seek special exceptions to the new policy if they believe any positions must remain closed to women.

The official said the services will develop plans for allowing women to seek the combat positions. Some jobs may open as soon as this year. Assessments for others, such as special operations forces, including Navy SEALs and the Army's Delta Force, may take longer.

Each service will be charged with developing policies to integrate women into every military job. For instance, the defense official said, it's likely the Army will establish a set of physical requirements for infantry soldiers. The candidate, man or woman, will have to lift a certain amount of weight in order to qualify. The standards will be gender neutral.

The official said the military chiefs must report back to Panetta with their initial implementation plans by May 15. This decision could open more than 230,000 jobs, many in Army and Marine infantry units, to women.

In recent years, the necessities of war propelled women into jobs as medics, military police and intelligence officers that were sometimes attached — but not formally assigned — to units on the front lines.

Women make up 14% of the 1.4 million active military personnel.

Changing the policy will cause few problems, the official said. A few troops won't like it, the official said, but most have seen women deployed and accept it already. It's likely to have the same effect as the repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell, the policy that allowed gays and lesbians to serve but required them to hide their sexuality.

"The effect of that?" the official said. "A big zero."

You Don't Have to Leave the Hooah Behind

by Lieutenant Colonel Delwyn Merkerson

It may be time, but sometimes it's hard to leave the hooah behind. Military skillsets gained and deployment experience, along with the camaraderie built with fellow Soldiers can make the prospect of transitioning to civilian life daunting. And that's even before you factor in the struggling economy and job market.

Even if "one weekend a month, two weeks a year" isn't what you had in mind, you can still maintain your Soldier-connection and hone your military proficiency and hard-earned skills while striving for the career of your dreams through the Individual Mobilization Augumentee Program.

A unique aspect of the program is that you aren't locked into a "drilling reservist" schedule. You can continue Soldiering on a part-time basis - earn pay and credit towards retirement, receive benefits and entitlements, all while maintaining the flexibility to pursue your career and family aspirations. In the IMA Program, how you serve can be tailored to your work and school schedule, giving you greater flexibility to plan your service around your busy schedule.

What is the IMA Program?

The IMA program is designed to facilitate the rapid expansion of the Active Army wartime Department of Defense structure and/or other government departments or agencies. IMAs help the Army meet military manpower requirements in the event of military contingency, pre-mobilization, mobilization, sustainment, and/or demobilization operations.

These Soldiers are currently serving on a part-time basis in over 73 Army Agencies throughout United States and overseas (Europe and Korea). IMA Soldiers serve in Special Operation Command, Intelligence and Security Command, Central Command, and the Office of the Secretary of Defense, just to name a few.

IMA Soldiers are required to perform a minimum of 12 annual training days each fiscal year and may be authorized to perform up to 48 4-hour periods of inactive duty for training. The IMA Soldier coordinates directly with the agency IMA coordinator to schedule the AT and IDT periods. While serving in the IMA program, you can work with your coordinator to do all your training requirements at one time, or spread them out over the year.

For more information on the IMA program visit:

Search available IMA position vacancies using the online search tool on the HRC My Record website.
- Go to this link:
- Log in and click on the "Tools" tab on the top right of the screen
- Choose the "VACANCY SEARCH" link
- Select "Vacancy Type: IMA" and input your desired filter criteria

Every Soldier making the transition from active duty needs to think about the value of their service. You don't have to leave the hooah behind. The Army Reserve allows you to continue your service to the nation and derive all of the benefits that compelled you to join in the first place.

Achieving Excellence in Casualty CareWarrior Care

Today, military medicine is performing around the world, on land, at sea and in the air, saving lives and safely transporting patients to military emergency care within minutes of the initial injury and on to a stateside military treatment facility within 22 hours.

Our patients are transported, from theater, to Joint Base Andrews by the Medical Evacuation (Med Evac) and the Critical Care Air Transport Team (CCATT). The CCATT's mission is to operate an intensive care unit in an aircraft cabin during flight, adding critical care capability to the U.S. Air Force Aeromedical Evacuation System. CCATT patients have received initial stabilization, but are still critically ill or wounded. They require evacuation from a less capable, to a more capable hospital and evacuation from the combat zone.

Medical training in casualty care with highly technological and state-of-the-art means of rescue and resuscitation is surpassing anything thought possible just a few decades ago. Hands-on courses in advanced training in field medical techniques while dealing with extreme "simulated" combat scenarios has prepared Army, Navy and Air Force practitioners to care for the most important patients they will ever serve.

Furthermore, an integrated health care system supports the individual service member who is returning to the force or transitioning to the civilian workplace. Creating healing environments that encompass both the inpatient and outpatient experience is integral to the renewal of psychological, physical, and spiritual wellness.

Within a framework of patient and familycentered care, a dedicated team of health care professionals facilitates a speedy recovery of Soldiers, Airmen, Sailors and Marines to productive activities of daily living through cutting edge technology, evidence- based design, innovation, and partnerships with volunteer agencies.

Many of our wounded heroes transition to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) for rehabilitative care. To help this process, the VA created a program called "Seamless Transition," that assigns a VA representative to ensure a smooth evolution of medical services. WRNMMC is one of the few facilities with a representative from this program.

Empowering Our Wounded Ill and Injured (WII) - Wounded Warrior Care and Transition (WWCT) empowers WII and transitioning service members and their families by:

• Providing Recovery Care Coordinators to help WII service members and their families develop and use a Comprehensive Recovery Plan and receive the non-medical support they need to create the lives they want.
• Restructuring the Disability Evaluation System for an equitable and efficient adjudication of benefits from the DoD and VA.
• Informing service members, veterans, and families through the National Resource Directory and eBenefits websites.
• Utilizing the Transition Assistance Program to give all service members the tools they need to succeed at home when they have completed their service to our nation.

Amputee Care - The high energy delivered by modern weapons can cause extensive soft-tissue injury and result in wound complications that require a longer time to heal. Battlefield wounds are initially left open because of the high risk of infection. A staged approach to amputation surgery is used to obtain wound closure and a residual limb that can provide the best function. At WRNMMC, we care for our wounded warriors until their acute wounds are healed and arrangements for rehabilitation are made at one of our state of the art military Amputee Centers.

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As the Army PaYS Social Media Division continues to ascend, in the hopes of bringing better awareness of the Army PaYS Program to a larger social media audience the program initiated a Twitter account. The Army PaYS Facebook Page has seen tremendous growth and outreach in the past year with over 6,000 fans. We are hoping for a similar response to our Twitter account, a consistent following. The Army PaYS Facebook page remains the premier outlet for recruiters to inform their Soldiers about how the program works, and to highlight the kind of interaction we maintain with our Partners. However, with a venue such as Twitter a new, yet similar and diverse audience, should respond well to the program! Follow us on Twitter: !


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