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OIC Notes

Greetings, from the 3rd Quarter, of a very interesting FY2020.

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 at USSOCOM-ARE@socom.mil.   

Stay Safe and Remain Diligent!

Ready Professionals!

 -COL Ward, ARE OIC

Upcoming USSOCOM ARE Events

USSOCOM ARE group training event dates will be planned and/or rescheduled when COVID-19 posture allows. If you have urgent individual training requirements that must be addressed, please contact your Detachment leadership to elaborate.

SEA Notes

As you’re all aware, 2020 has so far proven to be quite the challenging year. However, the Army Reserve leadership has been quick to address the most critical issues affecting our Reserve soldiers and we’ve received an incredible amount of support and flexibility from both the USSOCOM and 76th ORC Command Teams. Despite the numerous COVID-19 restrictions imposed upon us, the ARE staff is still fully functional and able to address the vast majority of the administrative needs of our TPU soldiers. I do ask, however, that you be patient and submit your administrative requests well in advance of suspenses, as turn-around times may be delayed. We are going to make every effort to ensure that, despite current events, you have everything that you need to be successful and complete your individual missions. All that I ask is that you show the same level of reciprocal support for the ARE staff, as we work through these issues together.

 Always remember that, as members of the USSOCOM ARE, you represent both USSOCOM and the Army Reserves. For many of you, your duty days may be shorter than they were before the COVID-19 pandemic, so make sure you’re making the most of any additional involuntary downtime you may now have. There’s no excuse for falling behind on your physical fitness, professional obligations, and/or other personal commitments. Do your best to balance work and family requirements, and if you need help coming up with creative ways to manage stress, there are numerous military and civilian resources available to assist. If you’re not sure where to start looking, contact your Detachment leadership and they can point you in the right direction.

Stay safe, stay healthy, and stay on top of your Reserve requirements! Do not hesitate to reach out to your Detachments if you need anything - we’re all in this together!

-MSG Secor, ARE SEA