Magazine article Army Reserve Magazine

Army Reserve Retention NCOs Take on Expanded Duties

Magazine article Army Reserve Magazine

Army Reserve Retention NCOs Take on Expanded Duties

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ATLANTA, Ga.-"It's a tough job but someone has to do it.' Most of the time we use this saying in jest but in the case of those personnel reclassified to retention and transition noncommissioned officers within the United States Army Reserve in October, this saying is poignantly true.

Recently more than 500 retention and transition personnel attended the intensive four-and-a-half-day training class. The training was conducted to enhance the skills necessary to perform duties under the new military occupational specialty. This reclassification, from military occupational skill 79S to 79V, is the result of the planned expansion of the duties of the retention NCOs. They will soon be responsible for not only retention duties, but also the transition of individual ready reserve soldiers to troop program units (a mission of over 5,000 for FY01), AGR Recruiter Hire, and for filling warrant officer vacancies.

The Individual Ready Reserve to Troop Program Unit mission is expected to be phased in from the US. Army Recruiting Command to the Army Reserve within the next 3 years. These changes will allow the Retention and Transition NCO to provide career counseling to soldiers in the Selected Reserve.

Retention and Transition NCOs will now be able to counsel a soldier about opportunities as a Warrant Officer, Active Guard/Reserve, Individual Mobilization Augmentee (IMA), Troop Program Unit (TPU), and Individual Ready Reserve.

"A Retention and Transition NCO will be trained to provide information and counseling on the best career opportunities available to help that soldier make the right decision for their career" stated COL Hughes Turner, Chief, Retention and Transition Division. …

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