"I've been impressed with the Vietnamese people and with their economy. They've got a very good growth rate. They have a sizeable population, and they're industrious, and I think it would be a good thing to have them in the WTO."
Secretary of Defense Donlad Rumsfeld
Army Reserve: Army Reserve Employer Relations
What is it? Army Reserve Employer Relations is a Department of Defense-mandated commanders program which is managed at the Army Reserve Command level. The basic tenet of the Employer Relations Program is to build positive and enduring relationships with civilian employers of Army Reserve Soldiers in order to enhance Soldier readiness and positively impact retention. Advocating good employer relations promotes a continuum of viable economic support that sustains a vital facet of the Soldier's well-being during periods of continuous military service.
What has the Army Reserve done? The Army Reserve established the Employer Relations Program in command policy in August 2005 and embedded it in the Well-Being Directorate of the Army Reserve G-1 (Personnel). Specific Army Reserve employer relations vision and mission statements were developed in concert with the Department of Defense and Department of the Army's mission objectives. Army Reserve's mission statement and established goals and objectives help ensure that all Department of Defense directives and instructions have been satisfied.
What efforts does the Army Reserve plan to continue in the future? The Army Reserve Employer Relations Program was codified in the command's strategic plan and identified by the Chief, Army Reserve as a Soldier priority for 2006. The Army Reserve will focus on enhancing employer support through a systemic blending of four major objectives. These objectives, which include mitigation, mediation, employer outreach and awareness, and Soldier-employer relations, will further solidify the employer as a vital link in the national defense strategy and the important part each employer has in establishing a strong homeland defense in support of the Warrior-Citizen. In addition, a series of major training events are being planned to focus attention on this important Soldier well-being initiative.
For more information on this and other topics see Addendum J in the Army Posture Statement.