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Prepare and Connect - Army Transition Strategy in Progress

Brigadier General David K. MacEwen, the Adjutant General of the Army Brigadier General David K. MacEwen, the Adjutant General of the Army (TAG) provided opening remarks for the Transition Strategic Working Group held in San Antonio, June 18-21. Assembled for the working group were representatives from the Army Transition Policy Office, First Army, Army Reserve Employer Partnership Office, Army National Guard, IMCOM, Warrior Transition Command, Soldier for Life, Partnership for Youth Success, Transition Support Office, and Hero 2 Hired. BG MacEwen outlined the proactive approach to Prepare and Connect Soldiers to resources that will ensure certifications, training and mentorship prior to transition.
Brigadier General David K. MacEwen, the Adjutant General of the Army
The Transition Strategic Working Group was developed to synchronize Army transition efforts in order to successfully transition Active and Reserve component Soldiers from Active Duty to the civilian sector.

Currently in the middle of a 2-year re-engineering effort the Army is working to better comply with the Veterans Opportunity to Work (VOW) Act initiated last November. The VOW Act makes attendance at Transition Assistance programs mandatory for all service members and allows 100,000 unemployed veterans to receive up to 1-year of Montgomery GI Bill benefits. Also benefiting is the reserve component Soldiers who will see the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA) strengthened and enforced. It also addresses the importance of military certification required and accepted by the civilian sector.

The group refined each of their programs roles in the transition process while defining goals and requirements for future connectivity. Included with the synchronization objectives, the group explored supporting tasks and defined the measurements of success. Each program was tasked and provided support based on their inherent missions and resources.

The more in-service career resources Soldiers have access to, the more it will naturally enhance their ability to enter the civilian workforce. It was the goal of the working group to anticipate and provide these resources without duplication and with as much transparency between programs as possible.





PaYS Survey Reveals Program's StrengthsPaYS logo

Cindy Misner, PaYS Operations

The Army Marketing and Research Group (AMRG) Analytic & Integration Division recently conducted a research study that included both Partnership for Youth Success (PaYS) partners and PaYS Soldiers. The research study results were briefed to the AMRG Deputy Director, AMRG Director of Research, and AMRG Director of Marketing as well as the PaYS team.

The research study results indicated the PaYS Program is a valuable recruiting asset to aide US Army Recruiting Command and US Army Cadet Command in meeting their mission to recruit high quality candidates. Results also indicated that PaYS employer partners are an effective resource that reconnects America with its Army and generates positive publicity for the Army in the local community.

Results

    • PaYS partners have a high propensity to support the Army.

    • 15% of Soldiers that responded said they would have changed their Army job skill, selected another service or not enlisted if they could not be given the PaYS option.

    • More minorities selected the PaYS enlistment option compared to all accessions, indicating it's a good recruiting tool for the minority market.

    • The top 5 Military Occupational Specialties amongst PaYS Soldiers were Infantry, Military Police, Cavalry Scout, Motor Transport Operator and Petroleum Supply Specialist.

We appreciate the candid remarks from the PaYS partners surveyed and are working on the continuing challenges of communicating with PaYS Soldiers currently serving on active duty, making complete and accurate Soldier data available to PaYS partners and better preparing PaYS Soldiers for their employment interview.

The PaYS marketing team is placing more emphasis on communicating with PaYS Soldiers who are still serving on active duty; encouraging them to take advantage of the transition services offered by the Army Career & Alumni Program (ACAP). As a result, we anticipate better prepared, more competitive PaYS Soldiers to apply for employment with their PaYS partner. Be on the look-out for your PaYS Soldiers; ensure they are interviewed and considered for employment. They've selflessly served this great nation and are ready to bring values, leadership, training and dedication into the civilian work place.



"We are committed to preparing future leaders who are well-educated, confident and responsible individuals." Maj. Christopher Nuels, United States Military Academy at West Point, addressed the 100 Black Men of America Board of Directors.

The 27th Annual 100 Black Men of America Conference

Under the umbrella of "Four for the Future," 100 Black Men of America (BMOA) conference was held in New Orleans, LA last month. This year's conference addressed relevant issues in Education, Health & Wellness, Economic Empowerment, and Mentoring. The 27th annual 100 Black Men of America Inc. conference dealt directly with combating health and wellness issues that cause the African American community, and its youth, to have more incidences of many serious diseases.

Photo right - "We are committed to preparing future leaders who are well-educated, confident and responsible individuals." Maj. Christopher Nuels, United States Military Academy at West Point, addressed the 100 Black Men of America Board of Directors.

During the three day event information was presented to encourage dialogue and awareness. Workshops addressed healthcare issues, exploring topics that addressed behaviors and choices and their impact on chronic illnesses such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, strokes, and HIV/AIDS. For the Middle School students a workshop in Embracing Healthy Habits: Understanding the Choices & Consequences outlined a plan of action for embracing healthy habits to prevent long term health issues."Being a leader - a great leader - is a never-ending journey. The U.S. Army stands ready to assist you on that journey." Major Clifton Bass, Executive Officer of U.S. Army Recruiting Battalion - Baton Rouge, speaks about the importance of mentorship in developing leaders to a crowd of 1,000 youth, community leaders and educators during the 'Salute to Youth' Luncheon at the 100 Black Men Of America 27th annual conference in New Orleans.

Along with many of America's leading corporations, the U.S. Army was eager to support the mission of the "100" — mentoring African-American youth — by sharing information on Army educational and career options for civilians, veterans and active duty Soldiers.

Photo left - "Being a leader - a great leader - is a never-ending journey. The U.S. Army stands ready to assist you on that journey." Major Clifton Bass, Executive Officer of U.S. Army Recruiting Battalion - Baton Rouge, speaks about the importance of mentorship in developing leaders to a crowd of 1,000 youth, community leaders and educators during the 'Salute to Youth' Luncheon at the 100 Black Men Of America 27th annual conference in New Orleans.

This well-attended conference also provided the Army an opportunity to share its mission of developing young leaders. The Army does this in a variety of ways, including its March2Success tool — a free online resource that allows high school students to improve their proficiencies in subjects such as science and math while also preparing them for standardized tests — and scholarships.. Last year, the Army awarded more than $280 million in ROTC scholarships for students to attend nearly 500 colleges and universities throughout the country.

Pictured left to right: Lt. Col. Douglas Reynolds, U.S. Army Recruiting Command - Baton Rouge, Maj. Christopher Nuels, United States Military Academy at West Point, Ms. Yolanda Wade, Tulane University Army ROTC, Command Sgt. Maj. Roger Howard, U.S. Army Cadet Command, Maj. Clifton Bass, U.S. Army Recruiting Command - Baton Rouge, Capt. Igrahim Tantawi, U.S. Army Recruiting Company - New Orleans, and Sgt. 1st Class Joseph Williams, Army Marketing and Research Group. The conference was also an opportunity for the Army to share programs that would allow America's corporations to easily support veterans' transition to civilian life. During the event, the Army discussed its PaYS Program (Partnership for Youth Success), which creates corporate partnerships in which Soldiers leaving Army service are guaranteed job interviews within their chosen field of work. The Army met with representatives from leading corporations and organizations, including major automotive and non-profit educational organizations, to discuss the PaYS program.

Photo right - "Army Strong" at the 100 Black Men of America Salute to Youth Luncheon!
Pictured left to right: Lt. Col. Douglas Reynolds, U.S. Army Recruiting Command - Baton Rouge, Maj. Christopher Nuels, United States Military Academy at West Point, Ms. Yolanda Wade, Tulane University Army ROTC, Command Sgt. Maj. Roger Howard, U.S. Army Cadet Command, Maj. Clifton Bass, U.S. Army Recruiting Command - Baton Rouge, Capt. Igrahim Tantawi, U.S. Army Recruiting Company - New Orleans, and Sgt. 1st Class Joseph Williams, Army Marketing and Research Group.
Moses Brewer, Miller-Coors, and his wife, Gwen, meet with Command Sgt. Maj. Roger Howard, U.S. Army Cadet Command, and Willie Harris, Army Partnership for Youth Success (PaYS) program, at the 100 Black Men of America conference.

"I was pleased to learn that the U.S. Army has turnkey programs that help our youth improve their educational opportunities and help our veterans return to civilian life," said Moses Brewer, Manager of Community Commerce and Partnerships at MillerCoors. "Everyone says they want to help our veterans, and the Army has tools that truly make this easy."

Photo left - Moses Brewer, Miller-Coors, and his wife, Gwen, meet with Command Sgt. Maj. Roger Howard, U.S. Army Cadet Command, and Willie Harris, Army Partnership for Youth Success (PaYS) program, at the 100 Black Men of America conference.

To learn more about Army's educational and career opportunities, please visit www.goarmy.com. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Adults attended the Planning to Survive: Disaster Preparedness & Recovery workshop that included American Red Cross professionals who provided a strategy for surviving a natural disaster. Participants evaluated their current plan and discussed coping tactics for individuals and communities. Army's interactive exhibit area during the 100 Black Men Of America Community Empowerment Project at the Ashé Cultural Arts Center in New Orleans

High School students attended the Early Intervention: Taking Charge of Your Financial & Educations Health workshop. A diverse panel of exciting and youth-friendly role models discussed a range of issues including finance, education, dating, socializing, social media, and goal-setting. Other Adult workshop tackled raising awareness about common cancers that plague the African-American community. Experts address the latest treatment options and prevention strategies. The two part session then covered the Affordable Care Act (ACA) dispelling myths and misinformation.

Photo right - Army's interactive exhibit area during the 100 Black Men Of America Community Empowerment Project at the Ashé Cultural Arts Center in New Orleans.

 Gorilla in the Corner was a workshop addressing mental illness, how it all to often goes untreated, and provided strategies for getting help for loved ones. Facts and statistics were dissected in The Five Biggest Health Issues workshop; Mental Health; Sleep Deprivation; Excessive Partying; Exercise and Eating Disorders; and Infections Disease. Empowering Women explored health issues of the mind, body and spirit.




Army Showcases its Very Best at the League of United Latin American Citizens ( LULAC) Conference Col. Lautner, 6th Army Recruiting Brigade Commander provides remarks during the partnership luncheon. He specifically spoke to the Army's dedication to education and the development of future leaders of America.

West Point Cadet Isydra Lujan spoke at the Youth Career Opportunities Luncheon

Photo left - West Point Cadet Isydra Lujan spoke at the Youth Career Opportunities Luncheon

Photo right - Colonel Gregory Lautner, 6th Army Recruiting Brigade Commander, provides remarks during the partnership luncheon. He specifically spoke to the Army's dedication to education and the development of future leaders of America.



The League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) held the 84th Annual LULAC National Convention & Exposition in Las Vegas, Nevada, June 17 through June 22, 2013. As the premier Hispanic convention, the LULAC National Convention drew over 20,000 participants including the top leaders from government, business, and the Hispanic community. This year’s theme “Lifting Our Voices through Civic Participation” set the tone for speakers and exhibitors.

The LULAC Convention is attended by major corporations who recognize the importance of reaching out to national Hispanic leaders and influential community members directly. The weeklong conference provided workshops and events and all proceeds support the dedicated work of LULAC to improve the quality of life for Hispanic Americans.

The Federal training Institute presented an intensive and structured career development program for government and public sector employees. In partnership with the OPM and other Federal agencies, the Federal Training Institute offered workshops and plenary sessions enabling participants to enhance their leadership skills and develop the Executive Core qualifications required for entry to the Senior Executive Service.
Sergeants Emmerling and Curry join Phillip Mucker the PaYS Northwest Marketing Analyst as they staff the Army booth at the 2013 LULAC convention, Caesars Palace Las Vegas, NV.
The Army joined employers at the exposition located inside Caesars Palace to meet potential candidates and conduct live interviews. The three day Career Fair provided over 250 employers and federal agencies providing career opportunities to the estimated 20,000 participants. The U.S. Army announced the renewal of its long-standing partnership with the LULAC to help prepare our nation's youth to meet the educational and career challenges of a competitive global marketplace. Through the partnership, the Army will work with LULAC to provide students, educators and community leaders with resources, information and training that will help develop the next generation of leaders, whether in the Army or as civilians. Army representatives provided convention attendees with information about the financial resources it offers. Last year, the Army awarded more than $280 million in ROTC scholarships for students at nearly 500 colleges and universities across the country.

Photo right - Sergeants Emmerling and Curry join Phillip Mucker the PaYS Northwest Marketing Analyst as they staff the Army booth at the 2013 LULAC convention, Caesars Palace Las Vegas, NV

Photo below - Army Recruiter SGT Emmerling takes the contact information from an interested lead generated at the 2013 LULAC
Army Recruiter SGT Emmerling takes the contact information from an interested lead generated at the 2013 LULAC

In addition, the Army highlighted programs such as March2Success, its free online resource that helps high school students improve proficiency in math, science language skills, prepare them for state standardized tests and provide practice exams for college admissions tests. Available in English and in Spanish, March2Success also has information to help parents understand the college admissions process and where to look for financial aid.

This year, the Army-LULAC partnership will expand through a new program that brings high school students to college campuses to meet with university admissions and financial aid representatives, as well as Army ROTC personnel. The initiative, to be piloted in three cities, aims to provide students with information about how to prepare for, apply and pay for college.

The LULAC College Fair included 30 representatives from colleges and universities. Leadership and development highlighted the Young Adult Conference while the Youth Conference had workshops and panel discussions on education, career and community service.




Joel Crosby and Danny Free welcome civilian employers at the PaYS booth

PaYS Joins SHRM logoPartners at the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) in Chicago, IL

The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) held its annual conference & Exposition the week of June 16 -19, in Chicago IL. The PaYS program has attended this conference for over 10 years. Each year the PaYS booth attracts companies and agencies looking for ways to engage and hire Soldiers. Providing information to potential companies were Joel Crosby, PaYS Northeast Marketing Analyst and Danny Free, Midwest Marketing Analyst. They spoke with attending PaYS partners and generated 40 new potential partner leads.

Photo right - Joel Crosby and Danny Free welcome civilian employers at the PaYS booth.

During the week human resource (HR) personnel converge on the SHRM to attend hundreds of sessions addressing best practices, the latest in HR trending, and advice from some of the industries most successful personalities. HR managers receive track credit for attending sessions in Talent Management, International HR, Personal & Leadership Development, Benefits & Compensation, Business Management & Strategy, Employment Law & Legislation.  PaYS partner Dell at the Chicago SHRM PaYS Partner the American Red Cross attended the 2013 SHRM Conference

Photo left - PaYS partner Dell at the Chicago SHRM

Photo right - PaYS Partner The American Red Cross attended the 2013 SHRM Conference

Breakout sessions educate HR managers on a wide variety of topics that include; pending immigration legislation; ideas to strategically build, introduce and manage a voluntary benefits reward platform; Review of mistakes and practical solutions in Auditing Compenstiaon; utilizing analytics; Employment Law & Legislation and Business Management strategies. The conference is known for its ability to address the latest in developing successful diversity programs, addressing veteran engagement and capatalizing on Social Media techniques as well as legal, ethical and moral issues.

Walgreens - PaYS Partner at the Chicago 2013 SHRM Conference

Photo left - PaYS partner Walgreens at the Chicago 2013 SHRM Conference

Photo below right - Representitives from Hero 2 Hired (H2H) and Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) were also on hand at the Exposition Hall

The Masters Series provides thought-provoking sessions designed specifically to challenge senior-level HR professionals with advanced business techniques. These sessions provide in-depth interactive discussion on how to gain the Representitives from Hero 2 Hired (H2H) and Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) were also on hand at the Exposition Hall tools to harness innovation, discover successful practices, leverage cross cultural differences, and build a high-performance organization. The Masters Series speakers are experts, innovators, trendsetters and pioneers who provide insight and knowledge needed to build effective strategies to power organizations forward. In addition, these two-hour sessions are all approved for recertification credits, and increase your overall recertification earnings from the Annual Conference.

The Exposition Hall hosted over 700 vendors exhibiting a wide range of innovative HR related products and services. The booths provided an opportunity for attendees to select booths and listen to presentations, watch demonstrations, discover answers to on-the-job challenges and find the latest in tools and services specific to the HR industry.



Dan Schaberg EAN General Manager and Captain Victor Somnuk
EAN Holdings, LLC in Honolulu, Hawaii Welcomes PaYS Soldiers


EAN Holdings, LLC operates as Enterprise, Alamo and National car rental companies. Vice President and General Manager of the Honolulu Hawaii branch hosted a signing ceremony to announce their partnership with the PaYS program on 30 May, 2013. Captain Victor Somnuk from the Honolulu recruiting company was on hand to present the PaYS certificate.

Dan Schaberg believes Soldiers will make excellent employees and welcomes both Regular and Reserve Soldiers to join the EAN team. Being one of the world’s premier holiday and vacation locations, they are looking to fill their Management Trainee positions with Soldiers who have experience as Army leaders.  

Photo left - Dan Schaberg, EAN General Manager and Captain Victor Somnuk, Honolulu recruiting company






407th Transportation Battalion Open House a Huge SuccessArmy Reserve Training Center signChicago Battalion Army Recruiting Future Soldier Swear-In

Community Covenant signing with the city of Joilet, IL
Photo right - Chicago Battalion Army Recruiting Future Soldier Swear-In

Photo left - Army Reserve Training Center sign

Photo lower left - Community Covenant signing with the city of Joilet, IL



Joliet, IL - Army Reserve Training Center was the location for the 407th Transportation Battalion Open House on 8 June 2013.

The Open House showcased the 407th as they conducted Common Task Training (CTT), Chicago Battalion Army Recruiting Future Soldier Swear-In and Community Covenant signing with the city of Joilet, IL.

PaYS Partners Cintas Corporation, Dot Foods, Inc., Schneider National, Inc. and PaYS Midwest Marketing Analyst Danny Free, provided outreach services for unit Soldiers, community leaders and the general public to learn more about possible civilian career opportunities.

Photos below - PaYS Partners Cintas Corporation, Dot Foods, Inc. and Schneider National, Inc.
PaYS Partners Cintas Corporation, Dot Foods, Inc. and Schneider National, Inc.
PaYS Midwest  Marketing Analyst Danny Free and "Sarge"

The day was filled with activities that included the Football toss, pull-up competition, and music by the Nostalgics and the Army’s Entertainment Team, Corrin Campbell.  

Pull-up competition Army’s Entertainment Team with Corrin Campbell











Photos above from left to right - Pull-up competition, Corin Campbell (Army Recruiting Entertainment Team), PaYS Midwest Marketing Analyst, Danny Free






Danny Free - Midwest PaYS Marketing Analyst Danny Free



Danny joined the Army PaYS Marketing team taking over the Midwest region in August 2010. The Midwest region covers the 3rd Army Recruiting Brigade and portions of the 1st, 3rd, 4th, and 7th Reserve Officers' Training Corps Brigades. He is responsible for marketing, research, training, and developing community relationships and partnerships between corporate and public sector agencies and the U.S. Army throughout the Midwestern US. Danny assists and trains Cadet Command cadre on how to enroll cadets into the PaYs program.

Originally from Louisville, KY, Danny joined the Army as a Supply Specialist in June 1971. His first term of service took him to Fort Lee, VA and Camp Darby, Italy. Danny re-enlisted in the Army in October 1981 as a Lance Missile Crewmember and served seven years at Aschaffenburg, Germany. The Army Recruiting Command selected Danny for recruiting duty in 1989. He spent three years recruiting with the Southern California Recruiting Battalion headquartered in Mission Viejo, CA. After his first tour as a recruiter, he decided to become a career recruiter, and over the next twelve years he was a Recruiter, Station Commander, Company First Sergeant, and also served in the Training & Development Division. He retired from the United States Army Recruiting Command Headquarters October 2001.

He applied his recruiting experience as the Night Shift Supervisor with the Recruiting Command's Cyber Recruiting Division. He became the Training Division Manager and was responsible for a wide range of training activities based on the needs within the Army's cyber operations for over 250 employees eventually becoming the Cyber Division Manager.

Danny studied Computer Science at University of Maryland while serving in the Army. His hobby is to "watch University of Louisville sports" with his son Craig. Danny lives in Brandenburg KY, with his wife of 30 years, Kathleen.




Please welcome the newest PaYS partners






477 - Doerle Food Services, LLC - Baton Rouge Bn - Doerle Food Services, LLC is based in Broussard, Louisiana with distribution centers in Broussard, Shreveport, Port Fourchon and Pasadena, Texas. Doerle Food Services, LLC distributes and delivers to multi-unit chains, offshore rigs, restaurants, jails and schools in Oklahoma, Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama. They have vacancies for Veterans to transition into truck driver, warehouseman, logistics and mechanics positions.

478 - Mercury Marine - Milwaukee Bn - Mercury Marine is the world's leading manufacturer of recreational marine propulsion engines. Mercury provides engines, boats, services and parts for recreational, commercial and government marine applications. They have career opportunities in FL, WI, CA, and GA for RA/AR Soldiers as maintenance mechanics, electricians, customer service, assembly, warehouse, die cast and machining positions and ROTC positions as engineering, brand manager, IMO, distribution manager/team leader, and accountant.

479 - Pace Diversified Corporation - Fresno Bn - Pace Diversified Corporation is an oil and gas producer who owns and operates oil and gas wells. They are interested in areas such as rig service with training, truck driver, clerical, production technician, engineering, maintenance, inventory specialist, electrician and electronic technician. The owner will refer PaYS Soldiers to sub-contractors if there are no positions available in his corporation.

480 - Exelon - Chicago Bn - Exelon distributes electricity to 5.4 million customers in northern Illinois and southeastern Pennsylvania through subsidiaries Commonwealth Edison (ComEd) and PECO Energy. They offer internships and have a high-recruitment rate for former military personnel. They offer positions as Initial License Trainees, Equipment Operators at nuclear plants and Trainees for security positions at nuclear plants. Exelon is ranked 141 in Fortune 500 list.

481 - Multiband Corporation - Minneapolis Bn - Multiband Corporation engages with a vast and growing array of technologies including renewable energy, wireless infrastructure, electrical power systems, digital signage, commercial audio/video solutions, hospitality IPTV, and VOD systems. They have career opportunities for Veterans as installation technicians, customer service specialists and sales/marketing representatives.

482 - National Carriers, Inc. - Dallas Bn - National Carriers operates a trucking fleet that includes one of the largest refrigerated operations in the country. They operate approximately 1200 refrigerated and livestock trailers out of Liberal & Dodge City, Kansas; Denison, Iowa; Springdale, Arkansas; and Dallas, Texas. Their facilities are located in close proximity to their beef processing plants. They are interested in mechanics, logistics and drivers.

483 - Arizona Dept. of Transportation - Phoenix Bn - Arizona DOT is charged with facilitating mobility within the state. In addition to managing the state's highway system, the agency is also involved with public transportation and municipal airports. Employment opportunities in the fields of engineering, customer service, maintenance, construction, planning, finance, and enforcement align with Army Career Management Fields.

484 - Farmland Foods, Inc. - Kansas City Bn - Farmland Foods, Inc. operates as an independent member of the Smithfield family. They are the largest pork producer and processor in the world. Farmland delivers over a third of America's total annual pork. They serve both domestic and international markets. Positions available in logistics, distribution, IT, admin, finance, HR, and maintenance.

485 - Watco Companies, LLC - Kansas City Bn - Watco Companies, LLC is the largest privately held short-line railroad company in the US. Watco is composed of four divisions: transportation, mechanical, terminal and port services. Their mechanical division has 16 repair shops and is the largest mechanical services provider in the US. Watco also offers warehousing and distribution services and rail-centered transloading and intermodal services for lumber, steel, and bulk industries. Army Career Management Fields will match up and compliment their 16 locations.





Brigade Combat Teams Face Reorganizing Cuts

By C. Todd Lopez / Army News ServiceChief of Staff of the Army General Ray Odierno
Photo left - Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. Ray Odierno announced, June 25, 2013, that 10 brigade combat teams based in the United States are slated to be reorganized by the end of fiscal year 2017. The move will reduce the number of BCTs in the Army from 45 to 33.

WASHINGTON (Army News Service, June 25, 2013) — The Army announced June 25 that 10 brigade combat teams based in the United States are slated to be reorganized by the end of fiscal year 2017.

In addition to the 10 brigade combat teams, known as BCTs, announced today, the Army also announced last year it would cut two brigades in Germany that complete inactivation this fiscal year. These changes will reduce the number of BCTs in the Army from 45 to 33.

"Based on extensive analysis, the lessons of twelve years of war and the need to increase the Army's operational capability and flexibility, the Army is reorganizing our brigade combat teams to reduce the number of headquarters while sustaining as much combat capability as possible," said Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. Ray Odierno during a press conference at the Pentagon. "In other words, we are increasing our tooth-to-tail ratio."

It is expected that at a later date, the name of an additional BCT will be announced that will also be reorganized, Odierno said. When that happens, it will bring the total number of remaining BCTs in the Army down to 32.

While the number of BCTs will be reduced, the size of remaining BCTs will increase, on average, to about 4,500 Soldiers. That will be accomplished, in many cases, by moving assets from existing BCTs into other brigades.

"We will reinvest some of the Soldiers, equipment and support personnel into the remaining BCTs," Odierno said.

The Army's decision to cut those 10 BCTs involved "extensive BCT analysis that included over 6,500 hours of simulated combat in 34 separate scenarios and extensive interviews with our commanders," Odierno said. "We also conducted a programmatic environmental analysis that looked at both the environmental and socio-economic impacts. Additionally, we conducted listening sessions at 30 installations with Soldiers, families, local leaders and the business community to better understand the impacts of all potential decisions."

The general also said the Army saved nearly $400 million in military construction dollars by putting projects on hold until the final decisions were made about which brigades to reorganize.

BOLSTERING REMAINING BRIGADES

While 10 BCTs will be eliminated from the Army, some of the components from those brigades will be put into remaining BCTs. In particular, Odierno said, a third maneuver battalion, and additional engineer and fires capabilities will be added to each armor and infantry brigade combat team.

That, Odierno said, will make those remaining BCTs "more lethal, more flexible, and more agile."

Maj. Gen. John M. Murray, director of force management with Army G-3/5/7, said the Army will convert brigade support troops battalion within remaining BCTs into "brigade engineering battalions." Additionally, he said, BCTs will get additional "gap-crossing" capability, and route-clearance capability.

"We will also increase the fires capability," Murray said. "Specifically, we'll go from a 2x8-gun fires battalion to a 3x6. So two additional guns, one additional battery to support the three maneuver battalions. And then in order to do that, some of the echelon-above-brigade structure in terms of engineers will have to be reorganized to provide that additional engineering capability to the BCT."

Stryker brigades, Murray said, currently have three maneuver battalions, but no brigade support troops battalion. Those brigades will get a brigade engineer battalion.

Vice Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. John F. Campbell said that the changes to the brigades make the remaining BCTs more capable.

"We had the ability to make the brigades more capable," he said. "We are getting rid of a lot of the headquarters, the 0-6 headquarters. So the tooth to tail goes down."

Campbell said that some Soldiers will need to move as part of the changes. But for the most part, moves will be from one unit on an installation to another.

"A majority of that will stay on that post," Campbell said. "But we will have to add some, (in) some places. Some will have to move."

With the expected cuts in BCTs, the Army will be left with a mix of 12 armored BCTs, 14 infantry BCTs, and seven Stryker BCTs. Those numbers could change in the future. Campbell said he feels confident that the brigades identified already would be the ones to be "reorganized." But if the Army finds, in the future, that it needs a different mix of brigades than what has already been identified -- some existing brigades might instead be changed to meet the new requirements.

Brigades marked for reorganization include:

    -- the 4th Stryker BCT, 7th Infantry Division, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington

    -- the 3rd Armored BCT, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Carson, Colorado

    -- the 4th Infantry BCT, 1st Armored Division, Fort Riley, Kansas

    -- the 4th Infantry BCT, 101st Air Assault, Fort Campbell, Kentucky

    -- the 3rd Infantry BCT, 1st Infantry Division, Fort Knox, Kentucky

    -- the 3rd Infantry BCT, 10th Mountain Division, Fort Drum, New York

    -- the 4th Infantry BCT (Airborne), 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, North Carolina

    -- the 2nd Armored BCT, 3rd Infantry Division, Fort Stewart, Georgia

    -- the 4th Armored BCT, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, Texas

    -- the 3rd Infantry BCT, 1st Armored Division, Fort Bliss, Texas

It's expected the current slate of proposed changes will be complete by the end of fiscal year 2017, though Odierno said that continued sequestration could make it happen faster. He also said that the current changes are not a result of sequestration currently in place -- but are instead a result of the Budget Control Act of 2011.

"These end-strength and force-structure reductions predate sequestration and ongoing fiscal year 2013 budget reductions," Odierno said. "If sequestration continues into fiscal year 2014, Army reductions to end strength, force structure and basing announced today will be only the first step."

The Army is currently planning to reduce its end strength to 490,000 Soldiers by the end of fiscal year 2017.





Army Plans to Open All Jobs to Women by 2016

Army Plans to Open All Jobs to Women by 2016

By C. TODD LOPEZ and JULIA HENNING / Army News Service

WASHINGTON — No later than Jan. 1, 2016, women will be able to apply to all military occupational specialties, and to all Army units, across the total force.

"The Army is very excited about the approval of our implementation plan to move forward," said Maj. Gen. Howard Bromberg, Army G-1, during a June 18 multiservice briefing in the Pentagon.

Bromberg and representatives from the Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force and Special Operations Command explained how they would implement their specific plans to integrate women into all areas of military service.

The Army's plan, like the plans from other services, includes first opening closed units to women, and then opening all closed military occupational specialties, or MOSes, to women.

CLOSED UNITS

Today in the Army, some combat units at battalion level and below are still closed to women. One of the first steps the Army will take is to open those closed units. This step will not involve opening closed MOSes to women, but rather, opening closed units to allow women to serve there in MOSes that are already open to both genders.

Already, the Army has made headway in this area, Bromberg said.

In 2012, the Army opened 14,000 positions in closed units to female Soldiers with the elimination of the "co-location restriction" through its "Exception to Policy" program. Women were assigned to maneuver battalion headquarters in nine brigade combat teams, known as BCTs, as an exception to the Direct Ground Combat Definition and Assignment Rule.

This year, the Army has already signaled its intent to open an additional 6,000 positions within closed units. The Army will accomplish that by opening up an additional eight active-duty BCTs to women — for a total of 17; nine Army National Guard BCTs; and also positions within special operations aviation.

In a plan submitted to the secretary of defense in April, Secretary of the Army John M. McHugh spelled out the details of the Army's way ahead to integrate women into closed units.

The Army will continue to open positions in closed units, initially within the headquarters of combat arms units such as Infantry, Armor and field artillery. The Army will also open headquarters positions to women in reconnaissance, surveillance, targeting and acquisition maneuver battalions.

For enlisted Soldiers, about 76 military occupational specialties that are open to both male and female Soldiers are represented within closed units. For officers, there are about 35 officer areas of concentration represented within closed units. And for warrant officers, there are 19 warrant officer military occupational specialties represented in closed units.

The Army will begin allowing women to move into positions within previously closed units in early 2014, first with officers and noncommissioned officers, and then with junior Soldiers.

"The further assignment of women to companies and batteries below the level of headquarters will be based on assessments, deployment cycles and specific guidance," reads the implementation plan the Army sent forward to the secretary of defense. "This process will be completed at the end of calendar year 2014 and will provide the framework for opening positions that are currently closed to women."

OPENING NEW JOBS TO WOMEN

For occupations currently closed to women, the Army is planning on developing gender-neutral standards to ensure all Soldiers have fair access to jobs.

However, Bromberg said that it is important for the Army to ensure that the standards meet job requirements.

"Whatever that job or that occupational specialty, we have to make sure we have the requirements of that task established — regardless of male or female," Bromberg said.

"The worst thing we could do is change that standard for that position. We have to be absolutely certain that performance can be understood and applied in combat situations. This isn't to set anybody up for failure. This is all about success. We're calling it Soldier of 2020 — it's not male Soldier or female Soldier."

Beginning in July 2014, the Army will first open military occupational specialties within the Army Engineer Branch. New opportunities for women there include combat engineer and combat engineer senior sergeant. Once those occupations open, the Army will assign female engineer officers and any reclassified NCOs to combat engineer companies. This will open up approximately 10,281 positions to women.

Beginning in the second quarter of fiscal 2015, the Army will open previously closed positions within the Field Artillery Branch. After that, opportunities for women will expand to include cannon crewmembers, field artillery automated tactical data systems, fire support specialists and field artillery senior sergeants. Within the Field Artillery Branch, the change will ultimately open about 15,941 jobs to women.

Additionally, the Army will open positions to women with the Armor Branch and the Infantry Branch. Positions there are numerous. Enlisted women will for the first time have the opportunity to serve as cavalry scouts, armor crewmen, infantrymen, and indirect-fire artillery. As a result of this change, about 90,640 positions will open for women in the Army.

Within the Armor Branch and the Infantry Branch, the Army will also offer junior officers and junior NCOs the opportunity to transfer branches or reclassify into these occupations as a way to build a cadre of experienced female Soldiers prior to the arrival of Soldiers who are new to the Army.

Read more here: http://www.thebayonet.com/2013/06/26/442596/army-plans-to-open-all-jobs-to.html#storylink=cpy


 

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