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CG Delivers State of Command at Annual
Leaders Training Conference
 

The commanding general for U.S. Army Recruiting Command outlined priorities for the way ahead during the Annual Leaders Training Conference Feb. 9 on Fort Knox.

Maj. Gen. Jeffrey Snow opened the State of the Command discussion by citing the National Commission on the Future of the Army's recent report saying the all-volunteer force is fragile. If this is the case, the general said, it is even more important for individuals in USAREC to be committed to doing their part to support the team and the mission.

"Not only is our mission critical in terms of the number of volunteers we recruit, but in the quality," Snow said. "We must find the best volunteers available in order for the Army to be ready to win in a complex world. If we fail to accomplish the mission, there is no other USAREC."

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Occupational Physical Assessment Test

Road to OPAT just beginning

The Army's newest measure in the Soldier 2020 program, the total Army effort to enhance force readiness and warfighting capability, is being piloted now and will go into effect later this year.

The Occupational Physical Assessment Test is designed to help determine whether or not an applicant has the physical aptitude to perform the demanding tasks of certain military occupations. The intent of the OPAT is to produce better Future Soldiers, reduce the number of trainees not completing basic training, and reinforce to the Army and the public the high quality of its Soldiers.

"The OPAT will help us more effectively match all Soldiers to occupations in which they can meet standards by the end of training," said TRADOC Command Sgt. Maj. David Davenport. "This is about a standards-based Army in which any recruit able to meet the standards of a job will be allowed to perform that job."

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Cherri Verschraegen, Chief of Army Child and Youth Programs

USAREC spouses discuss changes in, options for child care

Child care changes and options were a key point of discussion for Recruiting Command spouses Feb. 10 during the Annual Leaders Training Conference on Fort Knox, Kentucky.

The Army Fee Assistance Program will begin transitioning from General Services Administration as its third-party administrator to Child Care Aware of America, with February 22 set as the target "go live" date, according to Cherri Verschraegen, Chief of Army Child and Youth Programs at Installation Management Command headquarters.

"Right now, we have 12,000 children receiving child care fee assistance through community-based programs with (General Services Administration)," she said.

Fee assistance is based on total family income and helps make off-post child care more affordable for families, she said.

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