2006 Game Plan - Army Focus Areas

Thursday July 13, 2006

In 2003, to improve senior Army leaders' ability to lead change, we developed areas of immediate focus. These 20 Focus Areas - including Army Modular Force initiative, Active Component - Reserve Component Balance, and Force Stabilization - helped us to concentrate on our top transformational initiatives. They provided an orientation to "our journey" and enabled us to seize the initiative.

Currently, we continue to manage Focus Areas per the system described in the memorandum Maintaining the Momentum of Army Focus Areas, dated 5 July 2005. As Focus Areas mature, we are integrating them into all four sections of The Army Plan. Ultimately, we will embed all of the Focus Areas into the strategic initiatives (or their subordinate tasks) displayed on the Army Strategy Map. Integrating Focus Areas into The Army Plan will allow the Army to:

- Retain visibility of performance and resource programs over the long term; and,
- Improve our ability to communicate and build support for our requirements.

The efforts described above have set the guideposts for our change and movement toward the future. Our collective focus has enabled our ongoing modular conversion, has improved the balance of our Army, and has increased unit cohesion and predictability for our Soldiers and their families.

See the 2006 Game Plan for more information.


Program for Soldiers to Earn $1,000 Referral Bonus Expanded

The latest recruiting incentive that will pay Soldiers a $1,000 lump payment for referring applicants who enlist, complete basic training, and graduate advanced individual training has been expanded. Effective 1 June 2006, Army Retirees are eligible to provide referrals under this program and receive the $1K bonus by referring persons that have not previously conducted an appointment with a recruiter.

The Secretary of the Army may pay a bonus to any Soldier who refers to an Army recruiter a person who has not previously served in the Armed Forces and enlists in either the Active Army, Army National Guard or the Army Reserves. The referral may not be an immediate family member and the Soldier referring may not be serving in a recruiting or retention assignment.

The referral must be made by the Soldier at www.usarec.army.mil or www.1800goguard.com/esar prior to the new recruit's first meeting with a recruiter.


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