Mentoring Future Army Leaders and demonstrating the role of the Citizen Soldier

From the 104th Division Commander...

12/03/2012  |  Brig. Gen. Kurt Hardin Commanding General, 104th Training Division (LT)
From the 104th Division Commander...

It’s mid July at Joint-Base Lewis McChord, and a cadet is going through the IED lane during the Leadership Development and Assessment Course, Operation Warrior Forge. A blast goes off and immediately a cadre member wearing a Timberwolf patch on his left shoulder tells a cadet, “You’re a casualty.” The other cadets quickly assess the injuries and perform first aid while the 104th Soldier evaluates the process and procedures. What is a US Army Reserve Soldier doing at the Active Duty Cadet Command training event?

Part of the 104th Training Division’s mission is to provide military education, reception, and training to future officers in support of United States Army Cadet Command’s (USACC) Senior Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) and the United States Military Academy.

To do this, the 104th Division has two Professional Development (PD) Brigades that are made up of eight Training Support Battalions (TSBs) and six functional battalions that provide support to the Leadership Development and Assessment Course (LDAC), the Leadership Training Course (LTC), and the Senior Reserve Officer Training Corps (SROTC). Our LDAC and LTC battalions provide Training Committees, Support Committees, Regimental Cadre, and the coordination of the USAR Branch Orientation. The SROTC battalions provide TPU Adjunct Faculty (AF) to fill critical training needs at universities across the entire United States.

As I visit the universities across the country, the Battalion Commanders of the various ROTC units, also known as Professors of Military Science (PMS), reiterate the important role our Adjunct Faculty play in each of the ROTC battalions. The 104th Division currently has 247 adjunct faculty members on 137 campuses in 44 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. The AF are administratively supported by the SROTC Battalions, but are OPCON to each USACC ROTC battalion at the universities. Each year, the AF and the PMS agree on an annual training plan to utilize the adjunct faculty member’s UTAs and AT days. The AF support is designed to provide crucial support to USACC and tell the Army Reserve story to cadets, providing a better understanding of the Army Reserve. They bridge gaps in training instruction and create a positive image of the USAR to our future leaders. The support includes teaching military science and history classes, supporting the university’s training programs in preparing cadets for LDAC and LTC, FTX support, leadership labs, APFT, Ranger Challenge, special projects, career counseling, coordinating USAR resources (field trips to USAR units, Reserve Simultaneous Membership Program (SMP) coordinator), cadet recruiting outreach, and educating and mentoring cadets on the USAR to ensure cadets know as much about the USAR as they do about the Active Duty and National Guard.

Cadet Command has USAR support at 169 out of 273 host universities (62% of its programs). The AGR program represents the Army Reserve with 95 Professors and Assistant Professors of Military Science in addition to our 247 SROTC Adjunct Faculty. The amazing factor is that our AF provides the only USAR coverage at 77 host universities and 15 partnership universities. Why is this important? Without our adjunct faculty, an additional 28% of the universities throughout the U.S. would have no Army Reserve representation. The future leaders at these universities would have no direct contact with a Soldier who can tell them what the Army Reserve is all about. These cadets wouldn’t know anyone who has a successful civilian career AND a successful military career. These officers who are assessed into Active Duty might never consider joining the Reserves when they leave Active Duty in the future. Our mission to mentor these cadets, fill the gap in training, and demonstrate the role of the Citizen Soldier is irreplaceable. We do not limit the number of adjunct faculty on each campus; that would limit the impact the US Army Reserves has on its future leaders.

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