Are you ready? Iroquois Warriors are you ready to fight tonight? Command Teams are your formations ready to fight tonight? As you read article, the Iroquois Division is decisively engaged at Army Training Centers Fort Benning and Fort Jackson, conducting Infantry One Station Unit Training, Cavalry One Station Unit Training, Basic Combat Training, Chaplin BOLC, Navy Individual Augmentee Combat Training, and preparing for next Summer Surge. As demanding as this might seem, the Army is calling upon us to do more. However, the only way we can respond to that call is by being ready — ready to fight tonight.
Drill Sergeant Production. This remains the Division’s number one readiness priority and key to our long-term success. I need each and every Soldier, NCO, and Officer in this Division recruiting new viable Drill Sergeant Candidates for our formations.
Leaders. I need Command Teams assessing their Drill Candidates the first BA and getting them scheduled for Drill Sergeant Academy. If you are a Command Team with Drill Sergeant Candidates without a Drill Sergeant Academy date, assess them and get a date!
Candidates. If you are a Drill Sergeant Candidate without a Drill Sergeant Academy date, get with your first line leader, get assessed, and get a date.
Soldiers. My expectation is that every Soldier in this Division from E1 to O7 is responsible for their own individual Soldier Readiness, and that they are taking care of that readiness (i.e., medical, dental) outside of Battle Training Assemblies so units can focus BTAs on training. The Army provides funding so you can get paid for taking care of your medical and dental readiness outside of BTAs.
Leaders. I expect Leaders at all echelons to be responsible for readiness of the Soldiers in their areas of responsibility, understand and utilize readiness information systems, and have processes in place to ensure that all of the Soldiers within their area of responsibility stay in compliance with Soldier Readiness Requirements (i.e. CSMM 90-day report). Leaders, make sure your Soldiers understand that they can get paid for taking care of their medical and dental readiness outside of Battle Training Assemblies.
Training. Our ability to execute our missions, recruit viable Drill Sergeant Candidates, and retain Drill Sergeants (Combat Readiness) relies on our ability to effectively plan, execute, and assess challenging, METL-based training OUTSIDE of our reserve centers. Commanders, get your units out of the center to conduct challenging training. I expect Battalions to be conducting two FTXs a year. Units that conduct great training attract and retain great Soldiers! No great war story began with “When we were in the Reserve Center…”
As Commander, I am responsible for the Division’s readiness. I work for you and my staff exists to support you. My most important responsibility is to ensure you have the guidance, tools, and resources you need to be ready. With that being said, I expect you to lead by example and hold your subordinates accountable for their readiness. We cannot fail our Nation in this mission. As CSM Priest and I visit your units I encourage you to ask us questions, let us know your concerns, and share your ideas. Together we will make sure the 98th Division is ready to fight tonight.