Greetings, from the 3rd Quarter, of a very
As you know, our Country is engrossed in a challenging
period. The military, like many civilian corporations, is challenged to maintain
effectiveness and efficiency during these turbulent times. While COVID-19 has undoubtedly affected each of you in a
variety of ways, many of us face difficulty conducting Army Reserve duty and
as a result, may struggle to complete the required 48 MUTAs and 14 days of AT.
The CDR, 76ORC recently shared guidance, as of 30June, regarding his support
for you to accomplish your Reserve duty, despite COVID-19 restrictions.
**MOST IMPORTANTLY, if you are at risk of not achieving a
“good year” toward retirement, do not suffer in silence!! Contact your
Detachment’s leadership and notify them that you need additional points prior
to your RYE date in order to make a good year. The circumstances of
COVID-19 require us to get creative in our training methods and I know that the
CG will support you as you strive for a “good year.”
Future collective training through the remainder of the
calendar year is approved only at the squad level. For ARE soldiers, this means we
can conduct APFTs as necessary, in addition to other potential collective
training requirements. Creativity, while exercising safe practices, is
critical to mission accomplishment!
For those of you who choose to partake in demonstrations,
or to use your social media platforms to exercise your Constitutional rights,
be ever-mindful that you are freely allowed to do so, but NOT while
representing the military. This includes using your social media
platforms, where you may have previously displayed even a photo of yourself in
uniform. You cannot mix the two. Your oath to defend our Nation
also expects you to be apolitical while in uniform, or representing the
military. Your feelings are yours to freely express, but only when doing
so as a civilian.
In closing, please review your retirement points and
ensure you are on track for a “good year.” If you are in jeopardy,
contact your leadership promptly, so we can devise a plan to support you. If you have difficulty reaching your Detachment OIC, please feel free to reach out to us
Stay Safe and Remain Diligent!
-COL Ward, ARE OIC