By Maj. Ruth Castro
1st Mission Support Command
May 27, 2017
FORT BUCHANAN, Puerto Rico -- Miami Recruiting Battalion's Recruiting Reserve Partnership Council brought Army recruiters and Army Reserve command teams together here May 6.
The R2PC is a U.S. Army Recruiting Command program designed to connect the local recruiting battalion with Army Reserve units in its footprint to ensure recruiters are finding the right applicants to match the local vacancies.
Miami Recruiting Battalion serves approximately 84 Army Reserve units with vacancies in Florida, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
"The whole purpose of this Reserve Recruiters Partnership Council is for us to have better communication with each other," said Miami Battalion Commander Lt. Col. Harold Miller. "I have a mission to recruit America's best and brightest for the Reserve side and active component. If we are in consistent communication with our TPU (Troop Program Unit) partners, and we recruit those applicants, it's a smooth, seamless process."
During the meeting, Brig. Gen. Alberto C. Rosende, commanding general for the 1st Mission Support Command, emphasized how important it is for Soldiers to be treated as a valued part of a team after they have enlisted and show up to a unit for the first time.
"This is all about partnership; everybody is here to do a job, and we are all contributing to the success of the mission," Rosende said. "Our mission is to ensure that the Army Reserve is ready for the nation's call. That means getting Soldiers in, processing Soldiers at the RPACs (Reserve Personnel Action Centers), making them feel welcome and part of a team, and ensuring they are ready. As recruiters, you really looking out for the future of our organization."
In addition to recruiters from the Miami Recruiting Battalion, Army Reserve Career Division counselors also attended the meeting. Their goal is to retain Soldiers that are currently serving and bring Soldiers who are currently in the Individual Ready Reserve back into an active Reserve status.
"The expectation for this (R2PC) is to bring the recruiters and the retention folks in to gather with the units and help identify their vacancy list and fill their vacancies," said Lt. Col. William Claybrooks, commander 5th Battalion ARCD. "We do a great job with partnering with the units in Puerto Rico, so we can help meet their needs. Besides re-enlisting Soldiers and bringing IRR Soldiers back into the Army Reserve formations, we also recruit candidates for the Warrant Officer program and Officer Candidate School."
During the breakout sessions, the team worked together to figure out exactly how many Soldiers and which military occupational specialties each unit needs, according to Miller.
"We establish a baseline here, but the most important part is to follow up," Miller said. "What we are doing here is critical, and it all goes back to recruiting the very best to join the United States Army."