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A desire to leave a legacy Sgt. 1st Class Christopher Irvin, a Reservist from Yukon, Oklahoma, was recruited to become a drill sergeant. He jumped at the chance. "It's the most beneficial thing I've ever done," he said. "When you leave this world, you only leave your legacy. If I can leave something with 60 soldiers every 10 weeks, that's important." Basic training is much more expansive now than it was when Irvin was a new recruit. When he joined the Army, he never spoke to his drill sergeant and had no idea what would happen after he graduated. "Now, there are a whole lot more classes on what to expect for military and civilian careers," he said. "I think it's very good." Asked what he liked best about being a drill sergeant, Irvin's eyes lit up and his face broke into a broad smile. "I love training," he said. "I love seeing a soldier step off that bus, not knowing anything, teaching them a whole new language and seeing that final product-I love it. Some will message me on Facebook and say they remember something I said to them. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Brian Hamilton Staff Sgt. Rick Hurt, a new graduate of the Drill Sergeant Course at the U.S. Army Drill Sergeant Academy, calls cadence for the class after graduation June 22. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Brian Hamilton "I went through basic in 1983, and [abusive behavior] wasn't allowed then," Roderiques said. "Bottom line, we still have to be tough, but young soldiers and volunteers are going through transformation from civilian to soldier. The overarching idea is that they are not there for the drill sergeant's entertainment. Nothing for correction is supposed to be personal or stated as personal." They are held to a high standard of conduct because their "product" is mission-critical, Roderiques said. "In terms of readiness, the drill sergeants and AIT platoon sergeants produce a warrior that is ready to make a contribution to their first unit of assignment," he said. "They should possess all the basic skills of being a soldier." Because drill sergeants have such control over their recruits, the duty is considered a Position of Significant Trust and Authority (POSTA) that requires extensive screening. "POSTA screenings are meant to ensure that only the most ethically straight and morally strong NCOs come into this arena," Roderiques said. "New recruits are considered a vulnerable population-they're in culture shock, and the drill sergeant is in control. That person has to be trusted." Drill Sergeant Academy candidates complete a program that assesses and builds their physical training, their confidence in a group of people, their ability to teach and counsel, and the skills needed to march an element, and efficiently plan, resource, execute and finalize multiple, intensive training events. "By the time they're ready to leave the trail and go back to the force, they are a much more valuable resource to their units than they would have been," Roderiques said. Leading by example, a drill sergeant candidate tackles the mud pit obstacle on the fit-to-win endurance obstacle course. Candidates spend 63 training days in the course preparing to become drill sergeants for the Army's four basic combat training posts. Or they'll say 'Thanks for helping me out with this or that, giving me the discipline.' " The toughest part of the job, he said, is the long hours and the amount of information to be learned and kept up on. Not surprisingly, the Army won't let you make a career out of being a drill sergeant. For active duty, now called the "regular army," there's a two-year cap, with a third-year option. The Reserves are more lenient, but even there, the push is toward shortening the terms to roughly double the active duty limits. Irvin now serves as a drill sergeant leader, training those who aspire to fill this vital role in the Army. He doesn't mention to his students that he is a Reservist, mainly because it doesn't matter. In OASS, the training is all the same, and the Drill Sergeant Academy is the "finest example of the OASS in the Army," Roderiques said. "It is a multicomponent student body," he said. "On the student body side and staff and cadre side, it is seamless. There's such a standard upheld here of one's performance, once you're selected, the component difference is immaterial." Pat Curry is senior editor of The Officer. THE OFFICER / FALL 2016 33

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of The Officer - Fall 2016

ADVERTISERS’ INDEX
PRESIDENT’S COLUMN
OPENING SHOTS
FEEDBACK
CAPITOL HILL CONNECTION
HEARING THE VOICE OF THE RESERVE COMPONENT
WHAT IT MEANS TO ‘FIGHT’ FOR RESERVISTS
HEALTH CARE REFORM
SERVICE MEMBERS LAW CENTER
THE MILLENNIAL RESERVIST
CARING FOR THE CAREGIVERS
ATTEN-SHUN!
SERVICE MEMBERS’ MENTAL HEALTH IS CRITICAL TO READINESS
UNITED STATES COAST GUARD RESERVE
NATIONAL SECURITY REPORT
OFFICE OF THE CHIEF, NATIONAL GUARD BUREAU
OFFICE OF THE ASSISTANT SECRETARY OF DEFENSE FOR MANPOWER AND RESERVE AFFAIRS (M & RA)
ARMY RESERVE
MARINE FORCES RESERVE
NAVY RESERVE
COAST GUARD RESERVE
AIR FORCE RESERVE
RESERVE LIFE
2016 ROA NATIONAL CONVENTION
PROUD TO SERVE
DEPARTMENT AND CHAPTER NEWS
BOOK REVIEWS
STARS FOUNDATION PLAYS A VITAL ROLE IN SUPPORTING RESERVISTS
HELPING DEPLOYED RESERVISTS’ CHILDREN SUCCEED AT SCHOOL
STARS INDUSTRY NEWS
USAA’S CORPORATE RESPONSIBILITY GOES ABOVE FOR THOSE WHO GO BEYOND
UNITED CONCORDIA’S ACTIVE DUTY DENTAL PROGRAM HELPS PREPARE RESERVE AND GUARD FOR EARLY ACTIVATION
BOEING’S C-40A CLIPPER JET BRINGS POWER AND SAVINGS TO THE NAVY
STARS BRIEFS
SALVO
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The Officer - Fall 2016 - ADVERTISERS’ INDEX
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The Officer - Fall 2016 - PRESIDENT’S COLUMN
The Officer - Fall 2016 - OPENING SHOTS
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The Officer - Fall 2016 - FEEDBACK
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The Officer - Fall 2016 - HEARING THE VOICE OF THE RESERVE COMPONENT
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The Officer - Fall 2016 - WHAT IT MEANS TO ‘FIGHT’ FOR RESERVISTS
The Officer - Fall 2016 - HEALTH CARE REFORM
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The Officer - Fall 2016 - SERVICE MEMBERS LAW CENTER
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The Officer - Fall 2016 - THE MILLENNIAL RESERVIST
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The Officer - Fall 2016 - ATTEN-SHUN!
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The Officer - Fall 2016 - OFFICE OF THE CHIEF, NATIONAL GUARD BUREAU
The Officer - Fall 2016 - ARMY RESERVE
The Officer - Fall 2016 - MARINE FORCES RESERVE
The Officer - Fall 2016 - NAVY RESERVE
The Officer - Fall 2016 - COAST GUARD RESERVE
The Officer - Fall 2016 - AIR FORCE RESERVE
The Officer - Fall 2016 - 2016 ROA NATIONAL CONVENTION
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The Officer - Fall 2016 - PROUD TO SERVE
The Officer - Fall 2016 - DEPARTMENT AND CHAPTER NEWS
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The Officer - Fall 2016 - BOOK REVIEWS
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The Officer - Fall 2016 - STARS FOUNDATION PLAYS A VITAL ROLE IN SUPPORTING RESERVISTS
The Officer - Fall 2016 - HELPING DEPLOYED RESERVISTS’ CHILDREN SUCCEED AT SCHOOL
The Officer - Fall 2016 - USAA’S CORPORATE RESPONSIBILITY GOES ABOVE FOR THOSE WHO GO BEYOND
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The Officer - Fall 2016 - UNITED CONCORDIA’S ACTIVE DUTY DENTAL PROGRAM HELPS PREPARE RESERVE AND GUARD FOR EARLY ACTIVATION
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The Officer - Fall 2016 - STARS BRIEFS
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