STAND TO!

Edition: Thu, June 08, 2006
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SENIOR LEADERS ARE SAYING

We have shifted from simply de-conflicting the branches of the Armed Services -- essentially keeping them out of each others way on the battlefield -- to more fully integrating the Services in ways that complement and leverage each service's strengths.

Donald Rumsfeld
Secretary of Defense

TODAY'S FOCUS

2006 Game Plan - Fully Integrated Plan

The Army Plan provides the framework to guide a number of carefully synchronized initiatives that all contribute to building tomorrow's Army. Like the strands of a rope, these and other initiatives are intertwined and mutually reinforcing. Each strand is essential, driven by strategic necessity. Each is helping to create an Army better postured to continue the long war, while sustaining our global commitments. Each is contributing to improving the lives of our Soldiers and their families. Our plan integrates all of the strands to make our Army stronger -- more capable, more ready, and more relevant to the 21st century.

We are creating units that are whole: fully manned, trained, equipped, and wupported. We are committed to preparing them for the challenges they will face and to overcoming years of underfunding. If we cannot make our units whole, then we will not build them.

With fewer resources, we will build fewer units. We will not weaken the Army by partially resourcing our units. This would be like removing strands of a rope and expecting it to remain strong. We will not do this. We will shorten the rope before we weaken it.

With more resources, we will build more units, and lengthen the rope. We will accelerate what we are doing--building more whole units--while keeping our programs in balance. Our choice will be one of quality, not quantity.

Read more about the 2006 Game Plan.

INFORMATION YOU CAN USE

Army $1000 Referral Bonus Program - Refer a qualified applicant and receive a $1000 Referral Bonus when the applicant completes military training.

The Army has implemented a pilot program which allows Soldiers to refer applicants to recruiters. Soldiers who make referrals may receive a referral bonus for referring anyone who is qualified, has no prior military service in the Armed Forces, and completes military training. Immediate family members do not qualify as a referral. The applicant must enlist in the Regular Component of the Army, Army Reserve, or Army National Guard, and complete Basic and Advanced Individual Training (AIT). Additional details about the program and eligible Soldiers may be obtained at www.usarec.army.mil/smart or www.1800goguard.com/esar.

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