BOSS Safety Factor

What is it'

The BOSS Safety Factor is a presentation specifically developed to target younger Soldiers who are prone to high-risk activities and is designed for use during Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers (BOSS) meetings.

What has the Army done'

The U.S. Army Combat Readiness/Safety Center developed the BOSS Safety Factor in 2008 when the Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation Command asked for a presentation to promote safety to its BOSS members.

The BOSS Safety Factor is designed to build hazard awareness and encourage Soldiers to think about safety during their off-duty hours, but not without a little fun. This year\'s updated four-part presentation incorporates humor from comedians who reinforce safety messages in video clips dispersed throughout the briefing. The performers are either former Soldiers-turned-comedians or entertainers who have visited troops stateside and overseas. Beginning Oct.1, a new presentation module will be released at the beginning of each quarter throughout fiscal 2011 via the USACR/Safety Center and BOSS on Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation Command website.

In addition to the presentation, the BOSS Safety Factor kit provides posters and pamphlets highlighting the Army's most common personality types for posting on unit safety boards and within unit facilities.

Why is this important to the Army'

From the beginning of fiscal 2009 through the third quarter of fiscal 2010, our Army lost more than 200 Soldiers to off-duty accidents. During the same timeframe, approximately 1,200 more Soldiers were injured or suffered negative results from engaging in careless or high-risk behavior in their off-duty time.

What efforts does the Army plan to continue in the future'

The USACR/Safety Center will continue to initiate the BOSS Safety Factor and other products in an effort to heighten Soldier awareness of the risks associated with on- and off-duty activities.

Resources:

USACR/Safety Center

BOSS on Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation Command website