FORT GEORGE G. MEADE, Md. (Oct. 18, 2012) -- Fort Meade's Annual Soldier Readiness Processing, which updates records and immunizations of Fort Meade's active-duty Soldiers, will begin Friday at McGill Training Center.

Hours of operation through Oct. 25 are 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily; and Oct. 26 from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Units have reserved blocked time in advance for the event.

"The basic concept of the SRP is individual preparedness," said Chris Thiel, garrison chief of training. "The SRP is a great way to help Soldiers stay up-to-date for deployments, and helps commanders identify and correct issues that hurt unit readiness."

Thiel said he expects to see approximately 3,000 Soldiers at the event.

Soldiers may save time and shorten long lines by using the garrison "early bird" checklist to get some things done beforehand.

The checklist, which was developed during pre-event planning with units, requests unit Soldiers to complete some processing in advance (HIV, vision, hearing and dental screenings and MILPO records).

They should also fill out forms before arriving (DD93, SGLI, Exceptional Family Member Program data, family readiness group data and a legal checklist).

The checklist is available through individual unit administrative offices that are participating in the SRP.

"There's a lot we can do to streamline this," Thiel said. "Just printing your MEDPROS and filling out your DD93 the night before will save hours overall. DD93s and SGLI verified on or after August 1 are considered up-to-date. Otherwise, take a minute and fill in the DD93 at home where you have time and the right info."

Staff will be on hand to help Soldiers update their records with all the required information, from medical clearances to emergency contact information.

Organizers emphasize that preparing Soldiers for possible deployment is a holistic process. While focused on updating records, the installation includes elements of its resiliency program in the process.

Representatives and literature take-aways will be available to share information about various programs including resiliency campus maps, a resiliency survey, transition assistance, suicide prevention, Sexual Harassment and Assault Response and Prevention, and upcoming Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training.

For more information about the SRP, call Christopher Thiel at 301-677-4381 or Don Eisenhart at 301-677-3702.

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