Readiness

Army 882A Warrant Officer: Mobility Officer

In today’s post, we are going to research and educate you on a rather new position in the United States Army. We will look at the Army 882A Warrant Officer: Mobility Officer. If you are a Soldier that is interested in logistics, this just very well may be the position you are looking for in …

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Top 7 Operational Readiness Tips for Army Leaders

Whether you are a Team Leader or a Commanding General, you have an important role in maintaining the operational readiness of your Soldiers and equipment.  Your goal as a leader is to maintain a HIGH LEVEL of operational readiness so you and your unit can deploy at moment’s notice, accomplish your wartime mission and return …

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Top 5 Army Retention Ideas for Company Commanders

It is pretty obvious that Army National Guard Company Commanders face different challenges than their Active Duty counterparts.  One of those is the area of Soldier retention.  Only in the National Guard are Company Commanders responsible for and rated on their ability to retain their Soldiers. It sort of makes sense when you think about …

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Army Unit Sponsorship Program: How to Do It Right

In this post, I want to share with you some tips on how to have a successful Army Unit Sponsorship Program in your National Guard or Army Reserve unit.  I’m not going to quote any regulations here.  This advice is from personal experience with what I have seen done right and what I have seen …

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Is There Tax on Military Retirement?

The Army and National Guard retirement systems are arguably the best retirement deals around. Unlike most civilian retirement plans, the Army offers you a pension with benefits, that starts the day you retire, no matter how old you are. That means you could start collecting a regular retirement pension as early as 37 years old! What’s …

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Top 3 Reasons for Doing PT Every Drill Weekend

Let’s face it, drill weekends are extremely busy. When deciding which fire to put out over the next, it is hard to prioritize PT (physical fitness) as one of the most important training events you can do. We have all heard the same tireless excuses, “We just don’t have the time to do PT…”, “We …

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How to Deal with AWOL Soldiers in the Army National Guard

My goal today is to educate you on how to deal with AWOL Soldiers in the Army National Guard.  While most Soldiers strive to do the right thing, you will at one point or another have to deal with some problem Soldiers.  And one of these problems is Soldiers not showing up for scheduled training: …

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Three Tips to Improve Your Army National Guard Unit Readiness

As small unit leaders we are responsible for the readiness of our units.  This includes personnel and equipment readiness, in addition to training.  At all times we must be prepared to deploy at a moment’s notice and complete our wartime mission. In the real world, most ARNG units have many readiness challenges that the Active …

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Unit Manning Report Tips for Small Unit Leaders

The Unit Manning Report, often referred to as the Unit Manning Roster is quite perhaps the most important personnel document a small unit leader can use to track the readiness of their unit. It provides both a snapshot and an in depth analysis of the personnel strength of an Army Unit. When used wisely, this …

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