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STAND-TO! Edition: Tuesday, December 4 2012

Today's Focus:

Ready and Resilient Quick Wins Execution Order

Senior Leaders are Saying

Our Army is the nation's force of decisive action, a relevant and highly effective force for a wide range of missions.

- Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. Raymond T. Odierno

Chief of Staff of the Army

What They're Saying

We, as a military, have to truly accept that our female Soldiers are combatants, they are in harm's way and this battlefield does not have a frontline. As we have recognized that tactically, we are now getting caught up equipment-wise and in training.

- Master Sgt. Fenlason, plans noncommissioned officer for 1st Armor Brigade Combat Team, speaks about the Generation III Female Improved Outer Tactical Vest, which is part of the new body armor for female Soldiers

'Raider' women among first in Army to get new tactical vests

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Today's Focus

Ready and Resilient Quick Wins Execution Order

What is it?

The Ready and Resilient Quick Wins Execution Order (EXORD) highlights the findings, tactics, techniques and procedures (TTPs) and 'quick wins'(initiatives that are attainable by Dec. 15, 2012) all documented by senior Army leadership and executives during a six-installation trip in July 2012 to assess unit readiness and Soldier resiliency.

First, the EXORD provides the initial framework to holistically and strategically synchronize the Army's Ready & Resilient initiatives. Second, it highlights nine programs in annexes which consolidates guidance and identifies commander's requirements and available resources. Third, the EXORD announces the forthcoming Ready & Resilient Campaign Plan, which outlines our strategy to enhance - and sustain - total force readiness.

The primary objectives of the EXORD are to:
- set conditions for alignment of programs
- provide guidance to our leaders and Soldiers
- set the conditions to enable a culture change
- increase readiness and resiliency within our Army family

What has the Army done?

The Vice Chief of Staff of the Army (VCSA) and members of both the Army staff and secretariat visited six installations to assess unit readiness and Soldier resiliency. During these visits, it became apparent that unit leaders were actively engaged in promoting health and wellness, combating suicide and reducing high-risk behavior among their Soldiers. However, the most significant challenge identified was there were a diverse set of programs and tools available to leaders and Soldiers that were not universally understood or centrally accessible. Subsequently, the VCSA directed members of the Army staff to identify best practices and quick wins, which will assist leaders improve Soldier, family, civilian and unit readiness. These immediate actions have been published as the Ready and Resilient Quick Wins Execution Order.

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

The Ready and Resilient Quick Wins EXORD will establish conditions that create a more ready and resilient force. Those quick wins not achieved by Dec. 15, 2012, will be monitored against established milestones until completion as part of Ready and Resilient Campaign Plan, scheduled to publish early 2013.

Why is this important to the Army?

Our total force readiness remains a key factor in the Army's success in negotiating future force requirements, meeting our nation's needs and moving toward the Army of 2020. The Ready and Resilient Quick Wins EXORD and the forthcoming Ready and Resilient Campaign Plan aids us in attaining this achievement.

Resources: Ready and Resilient
AKO log-in required: 'Ready and Resilient Quick Wins Execution Order' on PA Portal
Related article: Senior leader panel discusses ready, resilient Army

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