Preparation

Master Sgt. James Robinson instructs the 2012 Secretary of the Army, Army Reserve Career Counselor of the Year support staff.

Master Sgt. James Robinson instructs the 2012 Secretary of the Army, Army Reserve Career Counselor of the Year support staff.

“Attention to detail” and “dress right, dress” are two of the first Army phrases I learned in basic training.  Everything had to be dress right, dress, lined up exactly right. This year’s Secretary of the Army, Army Reserve Career Counselor of the Year competition is no different.

The Army Reserve Careers Division (ARCD), commanded by Col. Gary U. Bullard, hosts the competition, which starts today.  Great preparation has been taken for the SAARCCOYC. Behind-the-scenes preparation actually started before last year’s competition ended and preparation for next year’s competitions has already begun.

The competition is an NCO driven event; Master Sgt. James Robertson is this year’s non-commissioned officer in charge (NCOIC). Shadowing him is Master Sgt. Francine Tolliver, in preparation to become next year’s NCOIC. The Officer in Charge or OIC is Maj. Leah Reid.

Preparations include review of regulations and policy changes to ensure compliance, facility availability and cost research, Operation Orders or OPORDs writing and approving Operation Orders (OPORDs) which outline each section and their area of responsibility. Other preparations include coordination between external and internal staff; funding, medical, logistics, human Resource to IT support.  In-process reviews, otherwise known as IPRs, become routinely to ensure each piece of the competition puzzles fits together.

To create an element of surprise events are changed and new ones added.  In the early years of the competition, the competition focus was on the 79V Military Occupational Specialty (MOS).  It has grown over the years to ensure Soldiers are knowledgeable in both MOS and Warriors Skills.

You can follow this year’s competition on this site or visit us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/stayarmyreserve.

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