Readiness

How to Manage the NOVAL, Non Val, or No Validated Pay Report

As a Company Commander, Readiness NCO or First Sergeant in the Army National Guard, one of your most important and “VISIBLE” reports is your NOVAL Pay Report, often referred to as the Non-Val or No-Validated Pay Report.  This report identifies a list of Soldiers who failed to attend training and have not been paid in the …

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ARNG Field Maintenance Shop (FMS): Info for Small Unit Leaders

In the Army National Guard, most units rely on their Field Maintenance Shop to help them perform their unit maintenance.  Of course, the units perform their own PMCS and maintenance during drill weekends.  If the unit has mechanics assigned to their unit (most do), those maintenance personnel fix the vehicles during drill weekend.  Anything that …

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Unit Readiness

As a small unit leader, your primary responsibility is to ensure your unit is prepared to accomplish its wartime mission. The best way to do that is conduct tough, realistic training while maintaining a high level of unit readiness. So, what is unit readiness? In layman terms, unit readiness is your unit’s ability to perform …

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How to STRUCTURE Your Military Unit to be More Effective

Today, I want to share some helpful advice I learned from one of my former Battalion Commanders about how to structure your unit, so you can be more effective as a leader. This advice could be applied to any unit, from the team level up to the company level. It works best at the company level, because …

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