SENIOR LEADERS ARE SAYING
"Comprehensive Soldier Fitness is really a strategy that the Army is starting to use to ensure that each Soldier has the opportunity to maximize his or her potential in each important aspect of their life and their health, which is not just physical, it is really part of the roadmap to arrive at ‘Army Strong'."
- Brig. Gen. (Dr.) Rhonda Cornum, speaking about Comprehensive Soldier Fitness program being designed to improve the emotional and psychological fitness of Soldiers and their families
New fitness program helps Soldiers maximize potential, general says
WHAT THEY'RE SAYING
Year of the Noncommissioned Officer
"Leading by example, getting on the ground with the privates, showing what right looks like, just being there. Your troops ... see you as the Army when they first get here. Whatever you possess and show them, that's what they're going to get out of the Army."
- SFC Billy Way, C Co. senior drill sergeant, speaking about leadership qualities in a drill sergent
Fort Benning names Drill Sergeant of the Year
INFORMATION YOU CAN USE
- Early Bird News Site
- Information Papers with "2008 Army Posture Statement"
- Stories of Valor
- Army Public Affairs Portal
- Strategic Communication Coordination Group (SCCG) Workspace
- 2008 Strategic Communication Guide - Read the 2008 Army Strategic Communication Guide for key messages and updates
What is it?
RESET, one of the four Army imperatives to restore balance to the Army, systematically restores deployed units to a level of personnel and equipment readiness that permits resumption of training for future missions and is an integral element of the Army Force Generation (ARFORGEN) model. It involves the reintegration of Soldiers and their families, post deployment medical assessments, professional education, restoring equipment readiness, and individual training.
What has the Army done?
The Army implemented a RESET pilot program based upon a 15-month (AC) or five-year (RC) dwell. The program consists of three phases: ("In Theater") a six-month redeployment phase; ("RESET") an initial reconstitution period of 6 months for AC units and 12 months for RC units which the pace of peacetime training is moderated to maximize the time that Soldiers and families have to reintegrate and recuperate; and ("Train/Ready") a collective training and unit preparation phase leading up to deployment. The fiscal year 2008 pilot implemented the RESET model on 13 redeploying Army units: eight active component (AC), two Army National Guard (ARNG), and three United Sates Army Reserve (USAR) units. In fiscal year 2009, the Army is expanding the test to 19 units: 13 AC, 3 ARNG, and 3 USAR. Lessons learned from the fiscal year 2008 RESET pilot will be used to improve Army institutional processes. Plans are to implement this RESET program Army-wide by 2011.
What continuing efforts does the Army have planned?
The Army will prioritize units based on deployment, major training exercises and redeployment dates. The Army will "man" brigade-sized units through ARFORGEN focused manning. The Army has requested $18.2 billion in FY09 to restore the combat readiness of 27 brigades scheduled to complete field reset during this FY. It costs approximately $15-18 billion each year to reset the equipment of a returning force of about 150,000 Soldiers, and it is a continuous requirement as long as we have forces deployed and for two-three years thereafter.
Why is this important to the Army?
The Army must RESET the force to rebuild the readiness that has been consumed in operations in order to prepare Soldiers, their families, and units for future deployments and contingencies. We must continue to revitalize Soldiers and their families, repair, replace, and recapitalize equipment, and retrain Soldiers to meet the challenges of the 21st century.
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