82nd Airborne Division Sustainment Brigade partnered with Fayetteville Recruiting Company for the first ever job shadowing pilot program for future Soldiers, Dec 2-13, here on Fort Bragg.
The shadowing initiative provided new recruits with an opportunity to observe daily tasks, responsibilities, and expectations of Army Soldiers serving in their assigned military occupational specialty (MOS).
Captain Alyca N. Waldrop, Commander, Fayetteville Recruiting Company, launched the program with the vision to inspire and motivate the recruits as they prepare for their Army journey.
"We developed this program to give our new recruits first-hand experience in the respective field they have chosen. It also affords them the chance to talk with Soldiers, Non-commissioned Officers, and Officers, who have been in the Army and can share their experiences with them," said Waldrop.
The future Soldiers shadowed Paratroopers assigned to 82nd ADSB in MOSs ranging from, Military Police (31B), Wheeled Vehicle Repairer (91B), and Mental Health Specialists (68X).
82nd ADSB is the first brigade to implement the initiative with Fayetteville Recruiting Company,
Major Johnny Webb, Operations Officer, 82nd ADSB, expresses his liking with the new found partnership.
"The recruits were great! They were engaged and asked lots of questions. We paired them with some of our best officers and NCOs in various MOSs which resulted in a great learning experience for the recruits," shares Webb.
The two week program took place over a four day period and gave future Army Soldiers a realistic glimpse of a day-in-the life of a Paratrooper in the 82nd ADSB.
"It was a great first iteration and we look forward to refining the opportunity as it progresses in the future," says Waldrop.