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CG Delivering State of Command

Photo by: Kelli Bland

 
CG Delivers State of Command at Annual
Leaders Training Conference

By Fonda Bock
USAREC Public Affairs
Feb. 10, 2016

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."

He noted three priorities for accomplishing the mission:

  • Fostering a positive climate that allows us to accomplish our mission with our people, not at the expense of our people. A positive command climate is the bedrock of an organization and is founded on dignity and respect. "We must take care of our people, so they can take care of our mission," he said.
  • Training and developing a disciplined and effective recruiting force. "We must ensure each person is trained according to their needs. We must hold them accountable for their performance."
  • Developing the capabilities and obtaining the necessary resources to sustain and enhance the mission. "Our people need to have a clear vision of what they must do, the time, tools and resources to do it."
Snow noted the command is off to a great start this fiscal year with three brigades and 18 battalions achieving their Regular Army and Army Reserve missions in the first quarter while recruiting grad alphas at a rate of 88 percent. Future Soldier losses are at their lowest rate in more than 20 years, and the Medical Recruiting Brigade and the Special Operations Recruiting Battalion are on their way to another record year of achievements.

Needed Improvements

There are, however, some areas that need improvement, he said. Nearly all battalions have taken at least 50 percent of Future Soldier losses within 30 days of the scheduled ship date, and the command has 13,000 unfilled training seats between March and May. He said prospecting must be persistent, practical and precise.

Snow said Future Soldiers are critical to the command's success, and he expects every recruiting center to make a strong investment in the Future Soldier program.

"We need to maintain the new baseline for Future Soldier losses. They are a product of a considerable investment of time, energy and effort, and we cannot afford to let them be out of sight and out of mind once the contract is written," Snow said. "We need to spend more time, energy and effort in preparing these young men and women for service."

Opportunities for Women

Snow said the Army fully supports the Department of Defense's decision to open more opportunities for women and is developing the programs, policies and practices to ensure that happens. He said it's important for women to better understand the opportunities available to them.

"I have already requested additional female recruiters to assist us in this effort, and G1 is working with both [Training and Doctrine Command] and [Human Resources Command] to increase the number of female recruiters," he said. "My goal is to get a female recruiter in every center larger than five recruiters and do a better job managing the female Soldiers we have in the force."

Recruiter Support and Personnel Updates

The general said funding for gym memberships has been renewed through Fiscal Year 2017. Snow said in order to maintain that funding, recruiters and families must use the memberships. He strongly suggested recruiters become familiar with the Performance Triad program.

Snow said he has asked for a review of Special Duty Assignment Pay for recruiters, and he is looking at ways to reinstate parking reimbursement and to reinvigorate healthy competition through incentives and awards.

He also informed the brigade and battalion leaders in the audience that the Army has approved the Operational Camouflage Pattern uniform for supplemental issue to recruiters. They will be provided to all 79R and DA select and volunteer recruiters.

Regarding civilian force reductions, Snow said the command is working to minimize the impact to the force and to the command. Currently, the G1 Civilian Personnel Management Division is reviewing applications received during the Voluntary Early Retirement Authority and Voluntary Separation Incentive Pay.



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