Almost half of soldiers don’t think the Army’s got their six, that’s according to an annual leadership survey.
The survey showed 47 percent of active-duty soldiers and 42 percent of reserve-component soldiers agreed or strongly agreed that “the Army no longer demonstrates that it is committed to me as much as it expects me to be committed.”
Do you think Big Army is looking out for you?
Meanwhile, commanders at four major posts are restricting sales of liquor at PXs, or are considering it. Who is affected? Soldiers at Fort Bliss, Texas; Fort Bragg, N.C.; Fort Hood, Texas; and Army Garrison-Hawaii — according to Army officials. What is your take on alcohol restrictions on post?
And for some career news, the Army plans to promote 2,578 soldiers to NCOs in September, nearly 500 more than in August. September cutoff scores issued by the Army authorize 718 advancements to staff sergeant and 1,369 to sergeant, that is from a pool of 14,708 promotable sergeants and 13,959 promotable specialists. Good luck.
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Regarding “DOD will allow troops accused of sexual assault to be transferred from their units or reassigned,” Army Times, Aug 15:
Having over 19 years in the military, I was falsely accused of assaulting a soldier immediately after our unit conducted the SHARP training. Weeks prior to our training, I was having problems with this soldier and my chain of command was aware of these problems. It seems like I am getting punished for enforcing the Army’s standards. I’m flagged, I’ve been reassigned, my job is jeopardized and my chain of command has abandoned me. It seems like this training is giving some soldiers the ammunition to use against NCO’s. My reputation and name has been dragged through the mud and it’s embarrassing. I am being prosecuted for following orders and trying to uphold a standard which isn’t right and not fair. Do I have any rights? I’m sick of dishonest people using the system to their advantage and the sad thing about it is that nothing will happen to this soldier who falsely accused me. I’m so ready to retire! I think the military will see a rash of falsely accused soldiers behind the mandatory SHARP Program.
As a retired warrant officer, it saddens me to read an article like this. During my twenty years of active service, I remember the slogan “mission first, people always”. Senior and mid-level officers stressed taking care of the troops. I was also taught that if you allow a legal act to be perceived as wrong doing, it was just as wrong as an illegal act.
But I also have a question about the poll, were the questions directed at determining whether or not soldiers felt the army did not have their back if they strayed from proper conduct and discipline, or whether their NCO’s and Officers, did not care enough to provide them with the proper leadership to be good soldiers. (Equipment, training, proper direction, insuring that soldiers get the guidance -assistance they may need (in personal lives as well as being soldiers).
In summary, before I shake my head at the Army I served in I would need to have all of the facts.