Edition: Thu, October 27, 2005
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We're not perfect either. When we have problems, we fix them. It's all about making progress.

Kenneth O. Preston
Sergeant Major of the United States Army

SMA advises top Afghan NCOs


Army Readiness Assessment Program

Army Readiness Assessment Program (ARAP)
ARAP website , has been developed to communicate the Army's strong conviction that Composite Risk Management (CRM) is the only way to defend against the significant loss rate currently being experienced in the force.

The Army Readiness Assessment looks at an organization's policies and practices related to safety and risk management, to even include such things as supervision and the flow of communication. It is the newest tool for battalion level commanders to access their unit's readiness based on a survey of 61 scaled questions covering 5 subject areas of concern.

- The results will allow a Commander to identify problems early and intervene to solve them.

- Input is anonymous and you will not be asked by anyone about specific responses.

There are five focus areas that are addressed; Processes Auditing to ID hazards and correct problems; Reward Systems (unit's program of rewards and discipline to reinforce proper behavior and correct risky behavior); Quality Control (the emphasis on high standards of performance); Risk Management (the health of unit processes); and Command and Control (leadership, communications, policy).

Once 2/3 of the Battalion has taken the survey, the Battalion Commander will call the CRC Team to receive and in-depth one-on-one out-brief of their results. This will include a discussion of their unit's strengths and weaknesses, with suggestions for possible Courses of Action/solutions. These recommended solutions have been vetted by prior Battalion Commanders based on their successes and experiences.

For more information, contact the Program Manager at the Army Readiness Assessment Program (ARAP).
U.S. Army Combat Readiness Center Ft. Rucker, AL 36362
(334) 255-9362 DSN 558-9362


ROCKY BLEIER: War Veteran and Running Back for the Pittsburgh Steelers

ESPN Classic will be airing Fighting Back: The Rocky Bleier Story on Sunday, Oct. 30, at 8 p.m. EST
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The story of Rocky Bleier, a former Notre Dame football star, who was drafted into the Army during his rookie year with the Pittsburg Steelers. In 1968, he went to Vietnam, where he was seriously wounded (he lost part of his right foot). Once he returned home, doctors gave him a slim chance of ever walking without a limp, let alone the ability to play professional football.

During his recovery, Rocky demonstrated determination, fortitude, and stoicism in light of his painful injury. Through Army rehabilitation, Rocky was able reach his goal of playing for the Pittsburg Steelers, and earning four Super Bowl championship rings, before retiring in 1980.

Rocky Bleier's story serves as an inspiration to all those who have answered the Call to Duty and serve our Army, especially wounded warriors.

Source: Rocky Bleier article