Adjutant General's Corps Regimental Association

Update, 3 December 2020

1. 2021 CONTINENTAL U.S. (CONUS) LIVING PATTERN SURVEY (LPS).  From 1 January to 31 March 2021, the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense will conduct the 2021 CONUS LPS.  The web-based survey will be administered to Service members currently assigned to CONUS who have been at their duty station for at least 3 months.  The survey information campaign will commence on 1 December.  Survey information will be published on the Defense Travel Management Office website, Military One Source, and emailed directly to members based on their email addresses in the pay system.  The survey will take approximately 15 minutes to complete. Survey results will be used to determine Overseas and CONUS Cost of Living Allowance (COLA) rates.  Members can access the COLA survey using the following link: https://www.defensetravel.dod.mil/site/conusColaSurvey.cfm
https://www.milsuite.mil/book/message/910104

2. THE ARMY CONGRESSIONAL FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM. From the Office of the Chief of Legislative Liaison: The Army Congressional Fellowship Program is a 44-month program which includes pursuit of a Master of Professional Studies (MPS) Degree in Legislative Affairs at George Washington University, service as a Fellow for a Member of Congress, and utilization on the Army Staff in a congressional-related duty position. The program seeks service members who have demonstrated outstanding promotion potential. The program is open to MSG/SGM/CW2-CW3//CPT/MAJ in all components. Applications are due 9 Apr 21. https://www.milsuite.mil/book/docs/DOC-907398

3. ARNG IPPS-A PERSONNEL POLICY GUIDANCE (IPPG), 20 NOV 20. Edition one is the first publication of the Integrated Personnel and Pay System-Army (IPPS-A) Personnel Policy Guidance (IPPG). The IPPG intends to provide overarching authority to the States and Territories and the District of Columbia utilizing the new personnel system capability to conduct a variety of human resource transactions. https://www.milsuite.mil/book/docs/DOC-907508

4. DTAS v3.6.11 MOBILE SYSTEM (NIPR) RELEASE NOTES. Release notes at the following link provide a description of functionality changes in the DTAS update which was scheduled for release on 1 Dec 20. https://www.milsuite.mil/book/docs/DOC-906599

5. (USAR) FINANCE GUIDE FOR USAR COMMANDERS AND SOLDIERS, 1 DEC 20. The purpose of this guide is to inform Commanders of their responsibilities regarding payment of USAR Troop Program Unit (TPU) and Individual Mobilization Augmentee (IMA) Soldiers in various duty statuses and to assist Soldiers in understanding military pay entitlements and procedures and resources available for resolving pay problems. https://www.milsuite.mil/book/docs/DOC-906947

6. (USAR) ARMY RESERVE PAY MESSAGE 20-36, NOV 2020 UNIT PAY REPORTS. The Nov 2020 Unit Commander’s Pay Management Report (UCPMR) and the Nov 2020 Master Military Pay Account (MMPA)   2405 reports are available in RLAS for downloading. https://www.milsuite.mil/book/docs/DOC-906849

7. USAR DELEGATIONS OF AUTHORITY FROM THE CG, USARC.

a. DELEGATION OF AUTHORITY #20-06: ARMY RESERVE TROOP PROGRAM UNIT POSITION VACANCY RELATED ACTIONS, 21 OCT 20. Updated DOA for TPU Position Vacancy Actions. https://www.milsuite.mil/book/docs/DOC-907628

b. DELEGATION OF AUTHORITY #20-08: INITIATE INVOLUNTARY SEPARATION ACTIONS, APPOINT AND CONVENE BOARDS OF OFFICERS, AND MEMBERSHIP FOR INVOLUNTARY SEPARATION BOARDS CONVENED UNDER ARMY REGULATION 135-175, SEPARATION OF OFFICERS, 21 OCT 20. DOA to initiate and appoint and convene TPU officer invol seps and boards under AR 135-175. https://www.milsuite.mil/book/docs/DOC-907629

c. DELEGATION OF AUTHORITY #20-09: SEPARATION AUTHORITY UNDER ARMY REGULATION 135-178, 21 OCT 20. Updated DOA of separation authority under AR 135-178. https://www.milsuite.mil/book/docs/DOC-907630

d. DELEGATION OF AUTHORITY #20-10: NOTIFY ARMY RESERVE TROOP PROGRAM UNIT OFFICERS OF PROMOTION BOARD RESULTS, 4 NOV 20. Updated DOA to notify AR TPU Officers of Promotion Board Results. https://www.milsuite.mil/book/docs/DOC-907701

e. DELEGATION OF AUTHORITY #20-21: REASSIGNMENTS, ATTACHMENTS, DETAILS, AND TRANSFERS OF TROOP PROGRAM UNIT (TPU) OFFICERS AND ENLISTED PERSONNEL, 25 NOV 20. This memo from the CG, USARC provides approval delegation authority for approval of reassignments, attachments, details, and transfers of Army Reserve TPU officers and enlisted Soldiers. See the memo for specifics.   https://www.milsuite.mil/book/docs/DOC-907625

8. BRANCH/COMMAND ITEMS.

a. SENIOR LEADER ASSESSMENT OF POST LOG C3 STUDENTS. From the Army Logistics University: The Captain Career Training Department (CCTD) at the Army Logistics University is looking for feedback from the force.  All former and current Battalion and Brigade Commanders are requested to fill out a brief 14 question survey, letting the CCTD know how Captains are performing in the operational force post Logistics Captain Career Course.  This feedback will influence the curriculum and allow for the department to send the best educated pre-command captains out to FORSCOM.
The survey can be accessed at https://www.milsuite.mil/survey/index.php/446461
https://www.milsuite.mil/book/docs/DOC-907113

9. Recently published Army Directives (AD) and All Army Activity (ALARACT) messages. None. New ALARACTs and ADs are also posted on APD at the following link.  https://armypubs.army.mil/default.aspx

10. Recently published Military Personnel (MILPER) messages and Military Pay E-Messages.  All MILPER messages are available on the HRC MILPER web page at https://www.hrc.army.mil/Milper. All Military Pay E-Messages are available on milBook at https://www.milsuite.mil/book/community/spaces/milpaye-messages.

a. MILPER MESSAGE 20-397, FY 21 UNITED STATES ARMY RESERVE (USAR) ENLISTED AGR/TPU AND NATIONAL GUARD BUREAU PRIOR SERVICE ACCESSIONS (PSA) PROGRAM ANNOUNCEMENT, ISSUED: [12/1/2020 12:35:53 PM]. The Civil Affairs Proponent is accepting applications for Primary Military Occupational Specialty 38B Civil Affairs Noncommissioned Officer Prior Service Accessions (PSA) Program.  USAR AGR/TPU and National Guard Bureau Specialists (E4), Sergeants (E5) and Staff Sergeants (E6) are eligible for this program.  Applicants must meet AR 614-200 eligibility requirements to reclassify and be awarded the MOS. https://www.hrc.army.mil/Milper/20-397

b. MILITARY PAY E-MESSAGE # 20-057, INTEREST RATE FOR DEBT COLLECTION. The purpose of this message is to inform all of the Interest Rate change for calendar year 2021. https://www.milsuite.mil/book/docs/DOC-906283

c. MILITARY PAY E-MESSAGE 20-058, ALLOTMENT POLICY CHANGE. This is a reminder of the policy announced in E-Message 14-062. The Secretary of Defense approved the following change to the allotment policy for Active duty military members effective January 1, 2015. The policy change prohibits starting new allotments to purchase, lease, or rent personal property. https://www.milsuite.mil/book/docs/DOC-906361

d. MILITARY PAY E-MESSAGE 20-059, SPECIAL LEAVE ACCRUAL. The purpose of this message is to inform all of  new procedures for Special Leave Accrual. https://www.milsuite.mil/book/docs/DOC-906775

11. FORSCOM WIAS POSITIONS (UPDATED A/O 30 NOV 20). FORSCOM is recruiting for 6x critical position (Compo 1, 2, and 3; AGR, IMA, and Active Duty Soldiers authorized to source). https://www.milsuite.mil/book/community/spaces/apf/s1net/forscom-wias

a. CPT or MAJ, 25A, to serve as the Chief of IT signal system integration officer to assist with Operation Warp Speed (OWS) in managing the integration of federal and jurisdictional information systems during vaccine distribution (UB–OWS-00452-01). Mission Starts 07DEC2020. Location: WASHINGTON, DC. https://www.milsuite.mil/book/docs/DOC-871989

b. MAJ, 35D or 34A, to act as the Chief Intelligence Officer to advise the Commander with respect to all matters pertaining to military information (CS-UNMO-00025-08). This is a UN Mission and the SM must not turn older than 55 at any point during the tour. Mission starts 10APR2021. Location: Bangui, Central African Republic.  https://www.milsuite.mil/book/docs/DOC-871989

c. LTC, 15B, to serve in areas of responsibility throughout the OSS theater of operations. (UB-WIAS-00423-01).  Interested Service Members must be COMPO 1 (Active Duty) Personnel only. Mission starts 20FEB2021. Location: ARIFJAN, Kuwait.  https://www.milsuite.mil/book/docs/DOC-871989

d. SFC or CPT, 13F or 13A, to support Operation Inherent Resolve (3A-SJTO-00011-03). Interested Service Members must have an official passport. Mission starts 09JAN2021. Location: Arifjan, Kuwait.  https://www.milsuite.mil/book/docs/DOC-871989

e. LTC, 15B, to support Operation Freedom Sentinel (UB-CUFA-00380-05). Interested Service Members must have an active Mi-17 & K4 ASI Qualification. Must be 15BK4 Qualified. Mission starts 09JAN2021. Location: KANDAHAR, Afghanistan.  https://www.milsuite.mil/book/docs/DOC-871989

f. LTC, 15B, to act as the 40th ECAB DCO in areas of responsibility throughout the OSS theater of operations (UB-WIAS-00423-01). The officer will assist the BDE Commander and staff in leading multi-component (ARNG and Active Duty) task force operation out of multiple locations and multiple countries. Mission starts 20FEB2021. Location: Arifjan, Kuwait.  https://www.milsuite.mil/book/docs/DOC-871989

12. ARNG/USAR POSITIONS/JOBS AVAILABLE.  S1NET members have posted the following RC position/job vacancy information.  For a listing of all USAR primary vacancies (updated weekly) visit https://www.milsuite.mil/book/docs/DOC-375787. Units/commands who wish to post vacancies on S1NET may do so by following the instructions posted on the front page of the Job Announcements topic at the following link. Those posts which are in the correct location and which are posted in accordance with the instructions provided will be included in a future S1NET Message Summary.      https://www.milsuite.mil/book/community/spaces/apf/s1net/jobannouncementsmobvacancies

a. NEW HAMPSHIRE ARMY NATIONAL GUARD, MULTIPLE M-DAY WARRANT OFFICER VACANCIES, MULTIPLE LOCATIONS. https://www.milsuite.mil/book/docs/DOC-906794

b. JSOC, GLOBAL ANALYTICS PLATFORM, 2 CO-ADOS, OFFICER (CPT/MAJ)/WARRANT (CW3/4) VACANCIES, NCR, VA. https://www.milsuite.mil/book/docs/DOC-906860

c. VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT 303RD QM CO, TPU, O3 LG /O2 QM POSITIONS, LAKE CHARLES, LA. https://www.milsuite.mil/book/docs/DOC-906883

d. MULTIPLE ADOS AND TPU POSITIONS AVAILABLE, 470TH MI BDE, FT SAM HOUSTON, TX. https://www.milsuite.mil/book/docs/DOC-906897

e. MULTIPLE OFFICER/WARRANT OFFICER/NCO VACANCIES AT 157TH CSSB (USAR/TPU). CO CDRS, 1SGS, BN SPO OIC, BN S4 OIC, PLT SGTS, PLT LDRs (PA/MD/VA/WV). https://www.milsuite.mil/book/docs/DOC-816471

f. MOBILIZATION VACANCY (1LT/CPT) 12A – 604TH FORWARD ENGINEER SUPPORT TEAM-ADVANCE (FEST-A) ELECTRICAL ENGINEER. https://www.milsuite.mil/book/docs/DOC-906910

g. 445TH CIVIL AFFAIRS BATTALION, MULTIPLE BN LEVEL STAFF OFFICER POSITIONS IN CALIFORNIA. https://www.milsuite.mil/book/docs/DOC-906977

h. 319TH QUARTERMASTER BATTALION SENIOR ENLISTED AND OFFICER VACANCIES, LOCATIONS IN OHIO. https://www.milsuite.mil/book/docs/DOC-907361

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1775 – Fall 2020

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Greetings from the Home of the AG Corps, Fort Jackson, South Carolina.  Wow!  Most of us probably never thought that we would experience the many challenges brought on by COVID-19, but the Army and the AG Corps continue to meet these tremendous challenges head-on. 

It is with great pleasure that we bring you the latest issue of 1775 which features many articles of how AG Corps Soldiers have adapted and ultimately persevered through the countless technical and administrative challenges encountered with telework, masks, and social distancing.  Like all Army operations, there are lessons to be learned and SOPs to rewrite.

We hope you enjoy this edition of 1775 and solicit your comments and feedback at Magazine@agcra.com.

Special thanks to MAJ James Gerling and AGCCC Class 002-20 for the front cover of this edition.

Defend and Serve!

Paul R. Dwigans
Lieutenant Colonel (Retired), U.S. Army
AGCRA VP, Publications
Editor, 1775
Magazine@agcra.com

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Music for Holistic Health and Fitness

On October 1st of 2020, the U.S. Army published Field Manual (FM) 7-22 Holistic Health and Fitness. It represents a complete picture of how to train and ensure the health of Soldiers, not just physically, but emotionally, socially, psychologically, and spiritually. This doctrinal publication takes its cues from a wide breadth of knowledge from the medical and performance communities. For the first time since World War II, music is recognized as a contributor to Soldier health.

In July of 1945, the War Department published Technical Bulletin (TB) Medical 187- Music in Recondition in Armed Service Forces Convalescent and General Hospitals. This document described how nurses and doctors were to use music during the recovery process, both from physical and mental wounds of war. The techniques described formed the basis of modern music therapy, which is now a board-certified profession.

The first mention of music in FM 7-22 deals with sleep from paragraph 11-18- “Some individuals believe that they sleep better with music or a television on, that they can sleep anywhere, and the ambient noise does not bother them. Research clearly shows this is not the case.” Continued in paragraph 11-19- “Pre-sleep routines that promote winding down- such as listening to soothing music, reading, or taking a warm shower or bath- 30-60 minutes prior to bedtime tend to facilitate the transition to sleep.” There have been several studies done on the relationship between music listening and sleep. This meta-analysis showed a moderate effect for listening to music and subjective quality of sleep for insomnia patients. The challenge with much of the research in this area, is that music listening is individualistic. So called “soothing music” can refer to huge variety of different styles. This study showed a temporary memory boost for a specific task when listening to music during sleep. There isn’t conclusive evidence that music listening before or during sleep improves quality. However, if it is part of a routine already established, it is likely to be helpful. Soldiers can reach out to their peers in Army Bands on recommendations for finding music that is both enjoyable and calming for pre-sleep routines.

Music can be a companion to both pre-conditioning and recovery from physical activity. If you have ever been to a professional football game, you will often see the players wearing headphones during their on-field warmups. This is a personally selected mix that provides them a motivational boost. It is their time for individual focus on the task that lies ahead. As they get closer to game-time, the headphones are gone, and the team comes together through shared chants/movements. This builds social bonding as the team begins the game. In Lisa Gilman’s book My Music My War, Soldiers recount their use of music to get pumped-up while getting their gear ready, and then having a shared song played on a makeshift stereo inside their vehicles right before going outside the wire. During recovery, paragraph 12-49 of FM 7-22 states- “A quiet, comfortable, and dimly lit environment with calming music can assist with mental imagery, deep breathing practice, muscle relaxation, and mindfulness practice.” This spa-like atmosphere is certainly achievable in garrison, but in combat environments is unlikely to be possible. Often this type of recovery is only available after long-term stress and/or trauma, delivered by a certified practitioner. These types of recovery practices will be more effective when delivered closer to the stressful event.

The variety of ways music is processed in the brain.

Personal Development is an important part of a holistic health approach. If one’s professional life is all-consuming, it can cause undue stress and long-term complications. Engaging with music through practice, performance, and composing has several benefits for cognitive functioning and social bonding. There are tremendous resources on the internet for learning and engaging with music, however it can be overwhelming. Having a mentor will help improve the experience as the key benefit lies in the human to human interaction. Synchronization through rhythm and movement creates neurochemical boosts in the brain which make us feel closer to those with whom we play music. Army Bands can provide opportunities for all Soldiers to engage with music from jam sessions, drum circles, talent showcases, and performances. Such work is already happening with warrior care services (supported by the National Endowment for the Arts Creative Forces Military Health Initiative), but should be expanded to all those who want to participate.

The power of the mind is incredibly important to total well-being. The current professional consensus does not fully support FM 7-22 when speaking of mind-body practices in paragraph 13-29- “Some mind-body practices do not require referral for clinical or professional intervention. These practices can include art therapies such as music, visual arts, and dance.” There is strict delineation between clinical art-based therapies and the general use of the arts for holistic health. The everyday stress and rigors of being a Soldier do not require a clinical intervention, but rather mentorship from experts and support from colleagues. If a trauma-inducing event occurs and is diagnosed by a medical professional, then a clinical intervention is needed, which can be delivered by board-certified creative arts therapists. Music as medicine can be self-administered or delivered by a facilitator, whereas a music therapist can provide specific interventions aimed at improving a diagnosed condition. The American Music Therapy Association provides as excellent overview of working with military populations.

The Army has come full circle from 1945 in its application of music for health outcomes. 3,000+ musicians stand at the ready to facilitate and advise for the use of music to improve Soldier readiness. There is also an ever-expanding network of music therapists working as Department of the Army Civilians and contractors. Army Bands in collaboration with music therapists are already improving the health of the force and will continue to reach more Soldiers and Families through greater awareness of music’s health benefits.

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