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Drill Sergeant of the Year 2010

SENIOR LEADERS ARE SAYING

"There is simply no excuse, and on behalf of the United States Army, on behalf of myself, I deeply apologize to the families of the honored fallen, resting in that hallowed ground, who may now question the care afforded to their loved ones...To the men and women who wear the uniform of the United States, to all citizens of this great nation who believe as I did that Arlington National Cemetery is the most sacred place on this planet, the Army owes better."

- Secretary of the Army John McHugh, apologizes for the mismanagement at the Arlington National Cemetery and promises that all future needs at Arlington will be "clearly understood and effectively addressed."

IG reports prompt management changes at Arlington National Cemetery

WHAT THEY'RE SAYING

"These drill sergeants are recognized as the best drill sergeants. [They’re] in charge of bringing new Soldiers off the street and socializing them into what Army culture is about in ten weeks. They’re the best of the best and they’re all winners, but this is an opportunity for us to sound off and show how important drill sergeants are to us."

– Command Sgt. Maj. David M. Bruner, senior enlisted advisor at the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command.

CALENDAR

June 2010

National Safety Month

June 6: D-Day Anniversary

June 13: Drill Sergeant of the Year 2010 Competition

June 14: Army 235th Birthday

June 25: 60th Anniversary of the Korean War

PROFESSIONAL WRITING

Army Professional Writing

TODAY'S FOCUS

Drill Sergeant of the Year 2010

What is it?

The Drill Sergeant of the Year (DSOY) competition is an Army-level competition that invites the DSOY winners from each of the five active-duty basic combat training installations (Fort Benning, Ga., Fort Jackson, S.C., Fort Knox, Ky., Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., and Fort Sill, Okla.) and three reserve divisions (95th, 98th and 108th). The competition will take place from June 14-18 at Fort Monroe, Va. and Fort Eustis, Va. Candidates will be tested on their ability to perform and teach Warrior Tasks and Battle Drills as well as their performance in many other activities. TRADOC will select two winners, one from active-duty and one from reserve to serve at TRADOC as subject matter experts to the TRADOC leadership and spokespeople for Initial Military Training.

What has the Army done?

The U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command conducts the DSOY competition annually. The active Army Drill Sergeant of the Year receives the Stephen Ailes Award, initiated in 1969 and named for the Secretary of the Army from 1964-1965 who was instrumental in originating the first Drill Sergeant School at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo. The Army Reserve winner receives the Ralph Haines Jr. Award, named for the commander of the Continental Army Command (forerunner of TRADOC) from 1970-72.

Why is this important to the Army?

Drill sergeants are top-quality, professional noncommissioned officers (NCOs) from virtually all branches of the Army. Their role is to turn citizens into Soldiers. During every recruit's initial military training period, these NCOs set the tone for their entire military career. Currently there are approximately 2,300 Army drill sergeants in the active component and 3,000 in the reserve component. Each year, TRADOC trains over 400,000 Soldiers. Drill sergeants play a critical role in the success of this training and have a direct impact on the readiness of the entire U.S. Army.

What's planned in the future?

The Drill Sergeant of the Year will be named on June 18 at 9:00 a.m. at Continental Park on Fort Monroe. The ceremony is free and open to the public. TRADOC will also conduct the TRADOC Noncommissioned Officer and Soldier of the Year competition from July 11-15 and the second annual Advanced Individual Training Platoon Sergeant of the Year competition Aug. 23-27.

Resources:

The 2010 Drill Sergeant of the Year competition

The U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command homepage

The U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command Facebook page

The U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command Twitter page

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