STAND TO!

Edition: Mon, February 11, 2008
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SENIOR LEADERS ARE SAYING

"I will put the young men and women of the U.S. Army Reserve up against any branch of the United States military, in terms of their leadership, their professionalism and their continued service."

-Command Sgt. Maj. Leon Caffie, the Army Reserve's senior enlisted Soldier.

Reservists comparable to active-duty Soldiers, enlisted leader says

TODAY'S FOCUS

Deployment Cycle Support

What is it?
Deployment Cycle Support (DCS) is a comprehensive process that ensures Soldiers, Army Civilians, and their Families are better prepared and sustained throughout deployments. It provides a means to identify those who may need assistance with the challenges inherent to extended deployments. All Soldiers deployed away from their home station for 90 days or more are required to complete the DCS process. Services are integrated throughout every phase of the process. Our Army Civilians and Families are highly encouraged to take advantage of the resources provided.

What has the Army done?
The Army completed a contingency plan that included a consolidated checklist and examples of briefings to assist Commanders in helping Soldiers, Army Civilians, and Families reintegrate into their pre-deployment environment. Throughout the DCS process the Army has identified and emphasized several critical requirements that help facilitate the reintegration process. Examples are the Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Program, Suicide Awareness and Prevention Training, Reunion/Reintegration Training, Communication with Spouses Training, and Post-deployment Health Assessment. Originally, the DCS process began in theater (redeployment phase) and continued at home station and demobilization sites (post-deployment and reconstitution phases). As of Nov. 30, 2006, 474,244 Soldiers have completed the redeployment phase of the DCS process. Lessons learned from multiple deployments are being incorporated into revised plans.

What continued efforts does the Army have planned for the future?
The Army is currently integrating the DCS process into all phases of the deployment cycle (train-up/preparation, mobilization, deployment, employment, redeployment, post-deployment, and reconstitution). In addition, performance metrics are being developed to analyze trends associated with deployments.

Why is this important to the Army?
The DCS process directly affects the Army's recruiting, retention, and readiness efforts. The Army is committed to the well-being of its Soldiers, Civilians, and their Families. Soldiers and Army Civilians have responded in an exemplary manner to the "Call to Duty." DCS is a process that enables Soldiers to successfully reintegrate into their pre-deployment environment.

For more information: Deployment Cycle Support

INFORMATION YOU CAN USE

- 2007 Strategic Communication Guide - Read the 2007 Army Strategic Communication Guide for key messages and updates

- Strategic Communication Coordination Group (SCCG) Workspace

- Army Public Affairs Portal

- Stories of Valor

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Offense=Defense=Stability and Civil Support. Change the way you think about war. FM 3-0; coming Feb. 28.

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