Chuck Holmes

Chuck Holmes is a former Army Major and combat veteran. Chuck is a successful blogger, author and entrepreneur. He lives in sunny Florida with his wife, Rachel.

Army OCS: An Overview

The Army Officer Candidate Program, also known as Army OCS, has a long and proud history that dates back to 1941. The purpose of the Army’s Officer Candidate School is to produce newly commissioned Second Lieutenants. During OCS, candidates receive a wide variety of instruction to include military leadership, Warrior Tasks, Infantry Battle Drills, Land …

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Army IPERMS: What You Should Know

What is IPERMS and how does it work? IPERMS is an acronym that stands for Interactive Personnel Electronics Records Management System. Simply put, IPERMS is an online database and/or information system used for storing and managing military personnel records. It electronically stores evaluation reports, some medical documents, college and military transcripts, awards, diplomas, and much more. …

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Life in an Army National Guard Regional Training Institute (RTI)

My goal today is to share with you some of my experiences while serving in a Regional Training Institute (RTI). In 2010, I was assigned to Maryland’s state RTI, the 70th Regiment (Leader). Initially, I was a little bit skeptical about leaving my comfort zone by serving in operational units, and to head to the school-house …

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How to Take Care of Your Soldiers: Be a Better Army Leader

Today, I want to talk about how to take care of your soldiers.  This is an important topic that many military leaders don’t really understand. I hear so many officers and NCOs talking about “taking care of Soldiers” that it almost makes me laugh. Unfortunately, some of these leaders are confused about what this statement …

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