From the Commanding General
From the Commanding General

Maj. Gen. Mark T. McQueen | 01/16/2016

To the Soldiers, Families and Civilians of the 108th Training Command, I thank you for the incredibly warm welcome you extended to me and my Family. Karen, Taylor, Thomas and I were humbled by the level of care and effort you took to make our transition so smooth. Moreover, I thank Maj. Gen. Purser for her extraordinary support in helping me to assume command of arguably the finest training command within the United States Army. Thanks Leslie.              The reputation of the 108th Training Command including the 95th Training Division, 98th Training Division and the 104th Training Division is far reaching and notable. Drawing on nearly ... Read More...

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From the Command Sergeant Major
From the Command Sergeant Major

Command Sgt. Maj. Robert Riti | 01/16/2016

At the last Command Sergeant Major Conference I attended, one of the command sergeants major spoke about the conditions of some of the USAR centers. He also provided pictures to support his findings. Broken equipment piled up, garbage along fence lines in view of the public, kitchens that even a bug wouldn’t want to eat in, work spaces and desks filled with clutter and a bunch of other issues which are not consistent with our Army Values and our way of life. I was relieved that none of these reserve centers belonged to the 108th Training Command or any of our subordinate units, but the bottom line is we are all responsible to ensur... Read More...

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Growing the Warrant Officer Corps
Growing the Warrant Officer Corps

Chief Warrant Officer Karen Kay | 01/16/2016

The USAR Chief Warrant Officer, Chief Warrant Officer 5 Russell Smith, has designated warrant officer recruiting as the number one priority for USAR Warrant Officers. As of this writing, the USAR has 1057-TPU and 23-AGR Warrant Officer vacancies. Of those vacancies, 716 are in the ranks of WO1/CW2. Within the 108th Training Command (IET), there are 70 warrant officer vacancies. This number does not account for Warrant Officer Candidates selected for positions within the command but are not yet assigned. While the command generally has between five to ten WOCs per year, not all candidates successfully complete Warrant Officer Candidate S... Read More...

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2015 Army Reserve Drill Sergeant of the Year Competition
2015 Army Reserve Drill Sergeant of the Year Competition

Sgt. 1st Class Brian Hamilton | 01/16/2016

FORT JACKSON, S.C.  — In 1972, the Army Reserve selected its first Drill Sergeant of the Year. On Sept. 10, 2015, it chose its 44th. During a ceremony held on Fort Jackson, South Carolina, Staff Sgt. Mark Mercer, 95th Training Division (IET), was presented the Ralph E. Haines Jr. award for excellence as the Army Reserve’s top drill sergeant. For four days, Mercer competed in a head-to-head competition with Staff Sgt. Russell Vidler, 98th Training Division (IET) Drill Sergeant of the Year, for the coveted title. “I think I’m still in shock. It’s just surreal. There are just so many emotions going through my head right no... Read More...

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108th Training Command Welcomes New Leadership
108th Training Command Welcomes New Leadership

Sgt. 1st Class Brian Hamilton | 01/16/2016

FORT JACKSON, S.C. — Leadership has countless different definitions used by countless different people. But all would agree that good leadership is essential in terms of success for military units. Leadership was the theme at the 108th Training Command (IET) Change of Command. At a ceremony hosted by Lt. Gen. Jeffrey W. Talley, Chief of the Army Reserve, at Victory Field located on Fort Jackson, South Carolina, Sept. 20, 2015, the 108th bid farewell to one great leader in Maj. Gen. Leslie A. Purser and welcomed another in Maj. Gen. Mark T. McQueen. “The most important thing we do as leaders is grow other leaders. We tak... Read More...

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Defying the Odds, Sele Promoted to Brigadier General
Defying the Odds, Sele Promoted to Brigadier General

Sgt. 1st Class Brian Hamilton | 01/16/2016

FORT BRAGG, N.C. — With close to 198,000 Soldiers in the Army Reserve today, your chances of ever being promoted into one of the Army Reserves’ 115 general officer authorizations is less than a percent of a percent. But when you’re Richard Sele, those are good odds to have! On Oct. 25, 2015, during a ceremony held at the Airborne and Special Operations Museum in Fayetteville, North Carolina, hosted by Maj. Gen. Daniel Ammerman, United States Army Civil Affairs and Psychological Operations Command commanding general, Sele became the Army Reserve’s newest Brigadier General. He takes over for Brig. Gen. A. Ray Royalty as deputy comm... Read More...

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Translating your Military Experience in an Interview
Translating your Military Experience in an Interview

by Jim Lose, Executive Senior Partner - Military Transition Division | 02/02/2016

For any professional career candidate, prepping for a job interview can be complicated. But for my clients—military officers transitioning from the service to the business world—the obstacles can be even greater. For these professionals, there is added challenge of translation. Read More...

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Start 2016 with a New Business in Franchising
Start 2016 with a New Business in Franchising

Tim Courtney | 01/16/2016

The New Year is all about fresh starts, whether it is making resolutions or starting a new business. Franchising is a popular career for those in the armed forces, whether starting while active duty or after retirement, because military skills translate well into franchise ownership. Here are five reasons why January is an optimal time for those currently serving in the military to open their own business, specifically a travel franchise.  Read More...

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Army Post-9/11 GI Bill transfer policy to take effect August 1
Army Post-9/11 GI Bill transfer policy to take effect August 1

By C. Todd Lopez | 12/17/2015

WASHINGTON (Army News Service, April 17, 2013) -— Beginning Aug. 1, 2013, every Soldier who elects to transfer their Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits to a family member will incur an additional four years in the Army, without regard to their time in service. “This policy was drafted in 2009 and takes effect Aug. 1, 2013. It is important that we inform Soldiers of this existing policy regarding the Post 9/11 GI Bill benefits,” said Lt. Col. Mark Viney, chief of the Enlisted Professional Development Branch, Army G-1. Read More...

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Why Military Veterans and Spouses Should Pursue Franchising
Why Military Veterans and Spouses Should Pursue Franchising

Tim Courtney | 09/29/2015

Starting a new career is an overwhelming experience, but it can be especially daunting for those who are transitioning from the military to the civilian workforce. Franchising has become a popular career path for those in the armed forces because the military skills attained translate well into franchise ownership. While many wait to open their franchise until their commitment terms out, a lucrative option is to open a franchise while still serving, but having a spouse run the day-to-day operations. This option is beneficial for both the spouse and the veteran. Read More...

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HIMSS Veterans Career Services (VCS)

| 07/10/2015

Are you are a Veteran, Transitioning Service Member, Eligible Spouse or Survivor interested in a career in health IT and would like to attend HIMSS16?  HIMSS16 will take place February 29 - March 4, 2016 at the Sands Expo and Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. On 29 Feb, join fellow VCS guests for a day-long career “boot camp”, hosted by the HIMSS Veterans Career Services Initiative, where speakers, subject matter experts and fellow veterans share their experiences on transitioning from military service into a civilian healthcare IT career. Throughout the conference, VCS guests can attend any of the over 300 educational session... Read More...

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How to Prepare for That All-Important Job Interview
How to Prepare for That All-Important Job Interview

By Combined Insurance | 06/01/2015

Finally, your job search is paying off and you have been invited to interview for one or more of the positions for which you have applied. That means it’s time to polish your interview skills. While interviews are generally tough even for the most seasoned of interviewees, they can often be tougher for military veterans who may have been out of civilian life for long periods of time.  Read More...

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