By Mr. Stephen Standifird (Leonard Wood)August 25, 2016
The Army released a Military Personnel Message June 30, soliciting the need for enlisted Soldiers to apply for the Enlisted Aide Program.
At the Maneuver Support Center of Excellence, Command Sgt. Maj. Roy Ward, MSCoE and Fort Leonard Wood command sergeant major, is scheduled to hold an information session for enlisted Soldiers who are interested in hearing more about the Enlisted Aide Program.
The session is slated for 2:30 p.m. Sept. 20 in Hoge Hall, Building 3200.
Some of the topics covered will be the commanding general's perspective, program management, interview and hiring process, ethics and military courtesy.
"We are looking for the best qualified staff sergeants and sergeant first class noncommissioned officers who live the Army Ethic and display character that is beyond reproach," Ward said. "Additionally, those with optimal bearing, confidence and fitness are best suited."
Enlisted aides serve on the personal staff of a general officer and undertake a number of day-to-day tasks including maintaining quarters, uniforms and military personal equipment, and preparing daily meals.
"The Army authorizes select general officer billets enlisted aides in order to relieve them of those minor tasks and details which, if performed by the general officers, would be at the expense of the general officer's primary military and other official duties and responsibilities," Ward said. "In other words, they exist to make the general officer successful in the execution of their command, and, in turn, that makes the organization successful in achieving its mission."
Ward added that aides do not need a background in food service or an associated military occupational specialty in food service. They just need to have the desire to learn and want to excel.
"The demand for Soldiers with talent, professionalism and commitment to be part of a specialized, elite team dedicated to serve on the personal staff of a general or flag officer has never been higher," said Master Sgt. Brent Kozen, Senior Enlisted Aide advisor.
The Enlisted Aide Program is not about training Soldiers to be a personal butler for the commanding general, Ward said. It is a personal and professional opportunity to make the Soldier better.
"First, this is a broadening assignment that takes them out of their comfort zone," he said. "These enlisted aides are professionals who go on to become some of the best qualified Soldiers serving in our Army. When they return to the operational force following their assignments, they are instant enablers to the command and value added to the team."
For Soldiers on Fort Leonard Wood who are curious about the program, Ward recommends they come to the open house to see what it is all about.
"This is a golden opportunity that our best Soldiers should take advantage of," he said. "If you have what it takes and feel you meet the criteria, then you are the right person for the job, and we want to hear from you. You are not just professionally rewarded, you are also personally rewarded."