We must rehabilitate, reset and reshape the force for our next fight. This is our business. We've got to own it.
- Vice Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. Lloyd J. Austin III, emphasizing that the Army leaders must do a more effective job of taking care of Soldiers and their families, while facing dramatic budget and personnel cuts during his visit, with his team of key Army leaders, to conduct Health of the Force assessment, at Fort Hood July 26.
Vice chief, Army leaders stop at Fort Hood to check health of force
We're taking the stuff we're learning on the firing line and giving it to other Soldiers as they go out into harm's way. It saves their lives. You want to compete, of course, but you want to be a part of something bigger, and that's why I've been here for 15 years. We are going to make our country and our Army proud ... No matter the results, being afforded this opportunity again, to represent the U.S. on the world stage, is like nothing else.
- Sgt. 1st Class Jason Parker, a U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit Soldier, will compete in the 2012 Olympics' last event in shooting - Men's Three-position rifle
Marksmanship unit Soldiers ready to continue Olympic tradition
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Civilian Credentialing of Army Training & Skills
What is it?
The Army is working to gain formal recognition for skills Soldiers learn and for their experience in the Army. This credentialing will increase Soldiers' ability to find rewarding jobs when they leave active duty, and will enhance skills while serving. To expand credentialing, U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC) and other Army agencies are working with civilian credentialing bodies and federal and state licensing agencies. The initial focus is on manufacturing-related skills. Future efforts will include health care, information technology, transportation and logistics.
What has the Army done?
The Army currently offers 50 credentialing opportunities for Soldiers in 32 military occupational specialties (MOS) and is developing programs for an additional 23 credentials in 15 MOSs. Many more credentials are available to Soldiers in highly specialized medical fields, where specialized skills are often required for performance of military duties. Soldiers can use the Credentialing Opportunities On-Line, or COOL website to research credentialing opportunities in their specialty. This website provides civilian occupational equivalents to each MOS with links to related credentials and resources.
What continued efforts does the Army have planned for the future?
The priority of effort will be toward Soldiers in ten MOSs with the highest population and after-service unemployment rate. The Army will continue to work with civilian credentialing agencies and TRADOC schools to identify additional opportunities for Soldiers in other MOSs. By January 2013, the Army Career Tracker will include information on credentials related to a Soldier's MOS and skill level, as well as links to credentialing agency websites.
Why is this important to the Army?
Reducing the veteran unemployment rate is part of taking care of Soldiers. First, this initiative will help reduce stress on transitioning Soldiers by making them more competitive in the civilian job market. In addition, credentials will increase current Soldier performance, professional pride and improve recruiting of future Soldiers. Credentialing will be of particular benefit to reserve-component Soldiers, who must often support themselves and their families in the civilian sector between deployments.
As an economic benefit to the nation, these efforts will reduce the Army's unemployment compensation costs. In 2011, the unemployment rate among 18- to 24-year-old veterans was 30.2 percent - nearly double the rate of non-veterans in the same age group at 16.1 percent. In the same year, the Army spent more than $500 million dollars on unemployment compensation, and the DOD total was more than $900 million.
Credentialing Opportunities On-Line on the COOL website
STAND-TO!: Army Career Tracker
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