Better Opportunity for Single Soldiers
What is it?
The Army’s Better Opportunity for Single Soldiers (BOSS) program is a Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) program designed to be the collective voice for single Soldiers through the chain of command. Through its three core components—leisure and recreation, community service, and quality of life—the program serves as a tool by which commanders can gauge the morale of single Soldiers regarding Quality-of-Life issues.
What has the Army done?
In FY08, under its BOSS Deployment Support program, the Army provided funds for equipment, programs, and events in locations inside and outside the continental United States to include various sites within Operation Iraqi Freedom that supported the single Soldier in the various stages of deployment. The program provides for a variety of activities before, during, and after deployment designed to maintain the morale of single Soldiers affected by deployment stress. In addition, the Army established the position of Garrison BOSS President, which remains a temporary position in many locations. The Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation Command (FMWRC) is working to make 49 BOSS President positions permanent in the Garrison Table of Distribution and Allowances (TDA). Each of these positions is targeted to be filled by a Sergeant.
What continued efforts does the Army have planned for the future?
The Army BOSS staff has developed the first phase of the web based BOSS Orientation Training Course for the Garrison BOSS Executive Council (president, vice president, secretary, and treasurer). The training will be mandatory for all BOSS Presidents within 60 days of appointment to that position. The next phase is to develop training for the MWR BOSS Program Manager and the Senior Military Advisor. The training is available through the MWR Academy Online Campus (http://www.mwraonline.com).
Why is this important to the Army?
The BOSS program provides essential support to single Soldiers that is not provided through other programs. A standardized Army BOSS program will enhance the quality of life for single Soldiers.