Magazine article Army Reserve Magazine

Army Reserve Human Resources to Meet Soldiers' Needs

Magazine article Army Reserve Magazine

Army Reserve Human Resources to Meet Soldiers' Needs

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Army Reserve Human Resources has recently adopted a more customer-centric focus and has streamlined processes as well. This has resulted in many recent improvements to personnel management, including service for Soldiers families and civilian employees.

The streamlining of processes was intended to help actions flow more efficiently and also to allow action officers to respond quickly to queries from Soldiers, their families and the public in general.

"This streamlining assisted us in pushing through improvements in Incentive Programs in a more timely fashion," said COL Wanda Good, director of Army Reserve Gl. "These incentive improvements, such as an increase in enlistment and reenlistment bonuses, emphasize the value we place on our Soldiers and their commitment to the nation."

In addition to increased enlistment and reenlistment bonuses Soldiers are also eligible for critical skill transition bonuses, which reward them for retraining into a different military occupational specialty that may be in demand, such as civil affairs.

Other enhancements to the incentive program include firsts such as officer accession bonuses and Active/Guard/Reserve (AGR) reenlistment bonuses.

"As long as Soldiers stay in the Selected Reserve and are otherwise eligible, they will continue to receive their incentives regardless of inactivating units or the Base Realignment and Closure Act," said Good.

Another improvement is the recent policy change regarding AGR officers remaining in the program beyond 20 years of active federal service. These officers no longer need to await a selection board's decision as to whether they can continue service. …

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