From the Commanding General
From the Commanding General

By Maj. Gen. Leslie Purser | 09/23/2014

There are two areas that I’d like to talk about this quarter that I need your help with. The first is drill sergeant strength. The Army Reserve is in a strength crisis and at the 108th we are also in a crisis as it applies to qualified drill sergeants. As a result, I have made changes at the unit level within the 95th and 98th Divisions in hopes that we get our 500+ drill sergeant candidates to the Drill Sergeant School in accordance with regulatory guidance and policy. First, company commanders will not be selected unless they can remain in position for at least two years. First Sergeants will not remain in position longer than three ... Read More...

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It’s Our Turn- Meet Team RWB
It’s Our Turn- Meet Team RWB

Blayne Smith | 10/07/2014

While you may know us as an organization that focuses on fitness, we aren’t simply building strong bodies. Team RWB is about building strong communities. We understand that engaging and connecting with veterans is often the most critical step to accessing resources, finding new ways to lead, and ultimately making a smooth transition. Read More...

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Jones International University
Jones International University

| 10/15/2014

Change lives; challenge yourself. Jones International University® (JIU ® ) is the pioneer in online education and a long-time supporter of service members and their families. As the first 100% online institution in the U.S. to be granted regional accreditation, we have set the bar in delivering the most current, relevant and engaging degree programs. Our mission is to provide you with an unparalleled educational experience, arming you with practical skills and confidence to move up the ranks or transition into a civilian career. Read More...

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From the Command Sergeant Major
From the Command Sergeant Major

By Command Sgt. Maj. Rocci R. DeRezza | 09/23/2014

While writing this article, my tenure as the 108th Training Command (IET) command sergeant major (CSM) is just about complete. This is the time to say goodbye to all the 108th Training Command Soldiers. I want to thank all the CSMs, NCOs, Soldiers, Officers, and Army civilians of the 108th Training Command, the 95th, 98th and the 104th Divisions for their cooperation and hard work on several accomplishments over the last few years. Among these accomplishments: the 108th Training Command was granted an exception to policy for E-4’s to attend the U.S. Army Drill Sergeant School (USADSS) and to be promoted to E-5. This involved a coup... Read More...

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Warrant Officer 101: Answers to the top 4 questions
Warrant Officer 101: Answers to the top 4 questions

| 09/23/2014

Who Are Warrant Officers? By short definition, a warrant officer is a commissioned officer who is a highly specialized expert and trainer in a career field (Warrant Officer Military Occupational Specialty (WOMOS)). Predominantly, warrant officers are single-specialty officers with career tracks that progress within their field – unlike O-grade commissioned officers who focus on increased levels of command and staff duty positions for professional and career advancement. However, warrant officers can hold command and staff duty positions. For this reason, although warrant officers move forward within a continuum of learning where they ... Read More...

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Reserve Drill Sergeants Exemplify the Professional NCO
Reserve Drill Sergeants Exemplify the Professional NCO

By Staff Sgt. Shejal Pulivarti | 09/23/2014

FORT KNOX, Ky. — Grass still wet from the morning dew, thick fog hovering over the ground, the darkness of the night fighting against the rising sun, a line of drill sergeant’s march out in perfect precision. Once reaching the physical training pit, they immediately assume their grading positions to administer the record Army Physical Fitness Test (APFT) for Cadets attending Leader Development and Assessment Course (LDAC) during Cadet Summer Training (CST) held at Fort Knox, Ky. The cadets were silently watching the noncommissioned officers with their distinguishing hats set up for a morning that will greatly affect their future prosp... Read More...

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It’s Our Turn- Meet Team RWB
It’s Our Turn- Meet Team RWB

Blayne Smith | 10/07/2014

While you may know us as an organization that focuses on fitness, we aren’t simply building strong bodies. Team RWB is about building strong communities. We understand that engaging and connecting with veterans is often the most critical step to accessing resources, finding new ways to lead, and ultimately making a smooth transition. Read More...

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Hey Battle, Have You Considered Civic Engagement?
Hey Battle, Have You Considered Civic Engagement?

Marvin Cadet | 10/07/2014

In 2012, the Corporation for National and Community Service reported that one in four adults living in the United States donated their time to an organization through volunteerism. This insight shows that volunteerism is an essential activity for millions of people, nation-wide. Organizations such as The Mission Continues would argue that volunteerism and civic engagement can facilitate the healing process for post 9/11 veterans. Becoming more civically engaged is the name of the game. Civic engagement done well creates a sense of community amongst its participants. The late social worker Sherry Arnstein claims that that there are three wa... Read More...

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The Way Forward: Connecting Military Talent with American Businesses

Eric Eversole | 10/07/2014

In March 2011, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation launched Hiring Our Heroes to connect our nation’s military veterans and spouses with meaningful employment opportunities. On paper, that mandate may seem simple, but the jobs situation facing veterans and spouses in 2011 was anything but. That year, post-9/11 veterans—men and women who had raised their right hand to serve during the campaigns in Iraq and Afghanistan—were returning home to 12% unemployment. Those under the age of 25 faced more than double that rate at 30%. Every 1 in 4 of their spouses was also unemployed. Read More...

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The Joys of Predeployment
The Joys of Predeployment

Jenelle Hatzung | 10/07/2014

(Editor's Note: Jen is a military spouse from Blue Star Families and contributes as a guest blogger to their free e-book, “Everyone Serves: A Handbook for Family and Friends of Service Members During Pre-Deployment, Deployment and Reintegration.”) You know what is harder and more stressful than deployment? PRE-DEPLOYMENT. Read More...

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Making a Difference for Veterans

| 09/23/2014

Alorica’s executive team has always had passion and commitment to hire those who were willing to sacrifice their lives for our country. The AloriCares initiative was created three years ago as a work-at-home disabled veterans’ program for a telecommunications’ client. After thoughtful review, this initiative has transformed into more than a jobs’ program. Read More...

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Changing Jobs? Roll Your 401(k) Into an IRA

| 09/23/2014

Content provided courtesy of USAA. During the hustle and bustle of a job change, it’s easy to forget about the money you’ve contributed to your 401(k). “Saving for retirement is a lifelong commitment,” says Certified Financial Planner™ practitioner J.J. Montanaro. “When you change jobs, remembering to take care of past investments is part of the commitment.” Read More...

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