A beautiful fresh Spring season is upon us! The sun actually peaked through the clouds. How marvelous it seems after the cold, bleak winter we all endured. It is with this beautiful season that I feel invigorated to face the very important issues before us. During this past quarter, fifty four 920A Property Accounting Technician Positions were added to the TDA. There are fifty three 420A Human Resource Technician Positions to be added to the TDA during fall 2010. What does this mean? Well, there are several things that should happen in order to fill these positions.
In my opinion, Soldiers have to have a desire to become a Warrant Officer. As I explained during my Woman’s History Month speech last month, at the 108th Training Command headquarters, I had the desire to become a Warrant Officer for many years. The desire is developed from within the person. Then strong leadership traits are developed with the experience acquired in the MOS. As the Soldier develops MOS and leadership skills, goals are accomplished and character develops that defines them and makes them WO material. I like the definition of a Warrant, “The Army WO is a self–aware and adaptive technical expert, combat leader, trainer, and advisor. Through progressive levels of expertise in assignments, training, and education, the WO administers, manages, maintains, operates, and integrates Army systems and equipment across the full spectrum of Army operations. Warrant Officers are innovative integrators of emerging technologies, dynamic teachers, confident warfighters, and developers of specialized teams of Soldiers. They support a wide range of Army missions throughout their career. Warrant officers in the Army are accessed with specific levels of technical ability. They refine their technical expertise and develop their leadership and management skills through tiered progressive assignment and education.”
It is our responsibility to mentor and support the desires of those whom we think have what it takes and have expressed a desire to reach the goal of Warrant Officer. I challenge you to take on the responsibility of mentoring and supporting each other and the task of identifying and assisting those Soldiers who might be interested in joining our team. We have a responsibility to complete our duties as WO’s but I also think we set the example for these Soldiers so that they will want to take the path that we have taken. We have 13 qualified special mission NCO’s who perform an excellent job of recruiting and assisting with the application process so I am not saying that we take on this task. What I am saying is that we assist in bringing forth these Soldiers who have a desire but just haven’t had someone say, “Have you thought about becoming a Warrant Officer? I think you have what it takes. Let me tell you about my experiences and maybe you will see that you can do it too! Give them the support and direction they need to get started in the right direction.
I am happy to say we have established a monthly WO career development meeting at the 108th Training Command headquarters. We also are working on a WO section for the 108th website. All warrant officers within the 108th Training Command are invited to the warrant officer workshop in August. More information will follow regarding specifics but there will be some great guest speakers, time to socialize, time to work with your commanders and command sergeants major, and learn more about the warrant officer issues and challenges we’re facing today.
I look forward and chance to seeing you soon. Please be thinking about warrant officer issues and problems. We will address them at the meeting in August. I believe it is up to each of us as leaders in the Army Reserve warrant officer force to develop objectives and goals for the future. Check out this web site for more information regarding the warrant officer program: http://army.mil/hq/warrant.
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