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Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers (BOSS)

What is it?
The Army’s BOSS program is a Morale, Welfare, and Recreation (MWR) program designed to be the collective voice for single Soldiers through the chain of command. Through its three core components - quality of life, recreation and leisure, and community service - the program serves as a tool by which commanders can gauge the morale of single Soldiers regarding quality-of-life issues, increase Soldier retention, and sustain combat readiness.

What has the Army done?
In FY08, under its BOSS Deployment Support Program, the Army provided funds for equipment, programs, and events in locations both stateside and overseas.  The program provides a variety of activities before, during, and after deployment designed to maintain the morale of single Soldiers affected by deployment stress. In addition, the Army established the position of Garrison BOSS President, which remains a temporary position in many locations. The Family and Morale, Welfare, and Recreation Command is working to make permanent 49 BOSS President positions. Each of these positions are targeted to be filled by a sergeant.

What continued efforts does the Army have planned for the future?
The Army BOSS staff has developed the first phase of the web-based BOSS Orientation Training Course for the Garrison BOSS Executive Council (president, vice president, secretary, and treasurer). The training is mandatory for all BOSS Presidents within 60 days of appointment to that position. The next phase is to develop training for the MWR BOSS Program Manager and the senior military advisor. The training is available through the MWR Academy Online Campus. The BOSS program has refocused, as the Army has, to ensure that the Army takes care of the needs of an expeditionary force. The Army plans to educate, train, and retain professional BOSS personnel, standardize and share best practices, and build strong community relations to provide enhanced quality of life programs for our single Soldiers.

Why is this important to the Army?
The BOSS program provides essential support to single Soldiers that is not provided through other programs. A standardized Army BOSS program enhances the quality of life for single Soldiers.

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