With each paragraph and line number we occupy comes the inherent duties and responsibilities associated with it. Typically, your job boils down to a pretty straightforward “list” of duties and responsibilities. However, as we all know from time to time we are responsible for all sorts of other things on top of our duty position obligations.
These additional duties are oftentimes tasked to us from our Chain of Command or are sometimes synonymous with the duty position we hold. Either way, at some point in your Army career, whether you are an Officer or an NCO, you will have some additional duties. Not all extra work is bad, though, and some duty positions are not as bad as others. That all being said, here is my list of The Top 5 Best Additional Duties for Army Officers.
To begin, I will start with an additional duty that I have personally have had the pleasure of fulfilling and that is the Company level Master Physical Fitness Trainer. As part of this responsibility I was overall responsible for the Company Physical Fitness Training plan, enforcement of the Battalion and Company Physical Fitness Policy, maintaining the PT records for the Company and all sorts of other responsibilities. I actually added to my obligations by developing a “Remedial PT Program” in support of the CO PT Policy for PT Failures to help support our Commander’s efforts to increase our overall PASS %. I loved this job because it helped keep me in shape (I was doing PT all the time) and I was able to work with Soldiers on a personal level. It was a great assignment.
Another great additional duty is that of the Unit Family and Morale Officer. Every unit, whether reserve or active duty has one of these. They are basically responsible for ensuring troops are ready for deployments, their families are ready, they ensure there are activities going on to improve morale, etc. Between Company Christmas parties, dining-ins and other events, the Unit Family and Morale Officer has a lot to do, but it is a great job. The only real difficult part of the job is getting funds together…but, that is a separate discussion.
When it comes time to mobilize, deploy or railhead vehicles/equipment for a long-distance AT, chances are there are Unit Movement Officers tasked with the details of the complicated move. Unit Movement Officers prepare movement plans to support all task plans, modes of transportation, and ports of departure. Every single detail of the movement, from how equipment is marked and documented to maintaining liaison with the supporting mobility unit, the Unit Movement Officer does it all. While this is a “thankless” job, serving as a UMO is a great experience and will give you the best perspective on how logistics works and exactly how much work it takes to move our Army.
Unit Safety Officers are critical for establishing and enforcing the Army’s safety policies and ensuring Unit readiness. As M-Day Soldiers spend 80% of their time away from the Unit, this position is particularly important in the Army Reserves and National Guard. From everything from POV inspections and training programs to accident avoidance compliancy, Unit Safety Officers are charged with ensuring the policies outline in DA Pam 385-10 (Army Safety Program) are understood by all Soldiers at the Unit level.
Last, but certainly not least, are Information Systems Security Officers. Typically a Major or higher, Information System Security Officers establish and enforce security policies to protect the organization’s computer infrastructure, networks and data. They play a vital role in protecting their unit, because an information security breach can result in disruption to the unit, loss of confidential or sensitive data, and financial loss. Serving as an ISSO is a great duty assignment, especially if you are technology savvy.
Remember, there are hundreds, maybe thousands, of different additional duties in the Army. I have simply stated what I think are the best additional duties for Army Officers. What about you? What additional duty positions have you held? Which ones were the best? Which ones were the worst? Leave a comment and let us know.