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STAND-TO! Edition: Friday, February 17 2012

Today's Focus:

2012 Army Posture Statement

Senior Leaders are Saying

That is a major focus for me personally and the rest of the Army this year is to really refine our transition assistance program with the help of VA and DOL and to put our kids in the best place we can to make sure they have a dignified transition out of the service and back into the rest of American society.

- Sgt. Maj. of the Army Raymond Chandler III, along with other senior enlisted advisors of the military services, informed the lawmakers that 'budget' was the most pressing issue on the minds of service members, at the hearing of the House Appropriations Committee, subcommittee on military construction, veterans affairs and related agencies, on Capitol Hill, Feb. 16, 2012

Budgets, force reduction on service members' minds

What They're Saying

I was impressed because she can do everything the younger Soldiers do. She never expected us to feel sorry for her. She even got one of the highest Army Physical Fitness Test scores in the company. She is a prime example that age is just a number. She ran faster than Soldiers young enough to be her kids.

- 1st Sgt. John Byars, first sergeant of Company B, 2nd Battalion, 10th Infantry Regiment, speaking highly about the 51 year old recruit, Sgt. Sandra Coast

51-year-old mom holds her own during Basic Combat Training

A Culture of Engagement

Today's Focus

2012 Army Posture Statement

What is it?

The 2012 Army Posture Statement is the written expression of the Secretary of the Army and the Chief of Staff of the Army to Congress for the annual posture hearings. The Army Posture Statement informs Congress on the state of the Army and outlines the Army's priorities for Congress to consider when reviewing the President's budget for the following fiscal year.

The Army Posture Statement also informs internal and external audiences about recent Army accomplishments and current initiatives. The online version of the Army Posture Statement includes 18 addenda which explain key programs and policies, including ARFORGEN, Equipment Reset, Energy, Cyber, Equipment Modernization and the Army Profession. It also contains over 330 information papers which provide details on important initiatives and activities.

What has the Army done?

The 2012 Army Posture Statement describes this year's strategic context and identifies three focus areas of the Army. After the Department of Defense published its Sustaining U.S. Global Leadership: Priorities for 21st Century Defense and Defense Budget Priorities and Choices leaders across the Army Headquarters assessed the Army's posture and developed a plan for the future of the Army as part of the Joint Force of 2020. The Army also developed a public website to publish the Army Posture Statement which includes supporting addenda and information papers. The Army Posture Statement, addenda, and information papers are accessible online at Army Posture Statement 2012. (Note: This site will go live at 2 p.m. EST.)

What continued efforts does the Army have planned for the future?

The print version of the Posture Statement will be provided to each member of Congress prior to senior Army leader testimony related to the fiscal year 2013 budget. The on-line version of the Army Posture Statement 2012 will be available today at 2 p.m. and will remain available throughout the year. The Posture Statement will be printed in booklet format and available in March through the Executive Strategy Group, Office of the Director of the Army Staff. Subject matter experts will periodically update information papers on the 2012 Army Posture Statement website to ensure that they remain current and relevant.

Why is this important to the Army?

The Army Posture Statement provides Congress, the Army community, think tanks, the defense industry, and other interested parties, an overview of the Army - strategic context and focus areas - in these times of fiscal realities. The Army Posture Statement is an authoritative document that highlights what the Army is doing around the world, and communicates the challenges the Army will face.

Resources:

Sustaining U.S. Global Leadership: Priorities for 21st Century Defense (PDF)
Defense Budget Priorities and Choices (PDF)

Army Posture Statement 2012 (This site will go live at 2 p.m. EST)

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