"It's critical for us to share our knowledge and information with younger employees. Mentoring is not about race or gender. There's an obligation on all of us to help those coming up as we interface with them. Whether it's a letter of recommendation, sound advice or steering them to the right college, profession, etc., it's the right thing to do. Here in 2008, I try not to look at color. I can't avoid it, but it doesn't determine if I help you or not. I'll help anyone. That's how it's always been. You help everyone you can. You can't be an advocate of hate."
Phil Hunter, an attorney for the U.S. Army Research Development and Engineering Command's office of Chief Counsel
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What is it?
Officer retention has received renewed interest with the continuous requirements of the global war on terrorism combined with the significant force structure growth as we transform to a modular force. The Army will add more than 8,300 basic-branch commissioned officer positions by FY10, with more than 4,500 of those positions at the grades of captain and major. While the overall company-grade loss rates are not alarming, the Army is being proactive and is working several initiatives to retain more of our best and brightest officers.
What has the Army done?
The Army implemented a pre-commissioning program in FY06, allowing cadets to select a branch, post, or graduate school for an additional service obligation of three years. This program proved successful in just one year; 1,100 participated in FY06 and 1,600 in FY07. The Army expects this program to reduce loss rates among U.S. Military Academy (USMA) and ROTC scholarship commissioned officers beginning in FY10 when these officers will have completed their normal active-duty service obligation (five years for USMA and four for ROTC officers).
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Information Papers with " 2008 Army Posture Statement"
- 2008 Strategic Communication Guide - Read the 2008 Army Strategic Communication Guide for key messages and updates
- Strategic Communication Coordination Group (SCCG) Workspace
- Army Public Affairs Portal
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