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Army Reserve Employer Relations (ARER) Program

What is it?
United States Army Reserve (USAR) Soldiers are part of the civilian workforce and their communities. The nearly 44,000 civilian employers make it possible for USAR Soldiers to fulfill their dual role as Citizen Soldiers. In an effort to build positive and enduring partnerships with civilian employers, the ARER Program was established in June 2005 as a link between the command, the Soldiers, and their employers.

What has the Army done?
In August 2005, the USAR established the ARER Program under the Strategic Communication Division of the Army Reserve G-1 (Personnel). Specific ARER vision and mission statements were developed in concert with the Department of Defense (DoD) and Department of the Army's mission objectives and posture statement. The USAR mission statement and established goals and objectives help ensure that all DoD directives and instructions have been satisfied.

What continued efforts does Army have planned for the future?
Beginning early in 2008, Program Support Mangers (PSM) were assigned to 27 major subordinate commands throughout the USAR. These full-time, contracted PSMs provide commanders with the expertise and support required to carry out the employer relations initiatives established by the USAR leadership. The USAR proposes to increase the PSMs to 99 in the out years. A “Partnering With Industry” strategic plan is currently being developed in conjunction with the Employer Outreach and Benefit General Officer Steering Committee, which will serve as the blue print for building enduring partnerships with industry and will help focus the USAR’s efforts on optimizing a shared workforce with, and between, the Soldiers and employers. This will provide the USAR additional tools to improve retention and enhanced readiness.

Why is this important to the Army?
Part of the USAR’s mission includes growing leaders. Soldiers gain valuable experience while serving their country in uniform. When these Soldiers return to their jobs, employers get better employees who have renewed energy and broader perspectives, a desire for more responsibility, and creative problem solvers. Everyone benefits from the partnership between the USAR and its civilian employers. Future recruiting and retention initiatives depend on the involvement of the employers across America.

 
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