FORT CARSON, Colo. -- Sgt. Maj. of the Army Daniel A. Dailey visited the 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division March 15, 2018, to give Soldiers an opportunity to address their concerns with the Army's top enlisted Soldier and to see how fit, inspired, disciplined and trained the Raiders are.
Dailey joined the Raiders for Physical Readiness Training (PRT) at Waller Physical Fitness Center on Fort Carson for CrossFit.
After PRT, 1st SBCT Command Sgt. Maj. Charles Tennant introduced Dailey to Soldiers at a town hall meeting where Dailey shared his SMA initiatives and explained their significance .
Dailey then opened the floor to questions, stating the concerns raised by the Soldiers were being recorded and the Secretary of the Army would read it.
One of the immediate concerns was how we can bring the sense of pride back to the Army. Dailey said, "It is our responsibility as leaders and we have to embrace the Soldier for Life concept. We have a 91% job placement when we credential a Soldier through the Soldier for Life program."
Soldier for Life offers resources to transition Soldiers back into civilian life by providing them with the tools necessary to compete in the civilian workforce. A few of the resources includes receiving employment assistance training which also includes a resume class.
Soldiers also raised concerns about the new "pinks and greens" dress uniform , when it may come out, whether enlisted Soldiers would be issued the new uniform or have to pay for it.
Dailey said prototyping is complete and the decision should be made within a month on whether or not the "pinks and greens" will be implemented. If it is approved, his intention is to issue it to the Soldiers.
After the town hall meeting, Dailey had lunch at the Stack Dining Facility with several Raider Brigade Soldiers where he was able to speak with the Soldiers in a small group environment.
Soldiers also asked about the new Army Physical Fitness Test (APFT) and when it was going to be implemented.
Dailey said he doesn't know when it will happen, that things are still in the works and it has yet to be approved. He also stated the Army is keeping the current APFT to gauge the general fitness level of Soldiers. The new test, yet to be named, will determine a Soldier's physical ability to perform their job and will be gender neutral.
Staff Sgt. Natacha Perkins, paralegal said, "You can really tell he cares about the Soldiers by the way he interacts with them and makes sure all issues are addressed."
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