The intent of the AGCRA Writing Contest is to give junior members of the Army HR Community a bigger voice in how the AG Corps enables Commanders, supports Soldiers and their Families, and / or executes HR, Army Music, and Recruiting & Retention operations. AG Soldiers, Army HR Professionals, Band, and Recruiting & Retention personnel, are all encouraged to submit web articles every other month related to their respective fields of endeavor within the AG Corps.
Winners will be determined and prizes given for the best web articles. Submission of web articles will support keeping AGCRA.com with new and pertinent AG Corps information that will benefit AGCRA members and the Army HR Community.
The memorandum of instruction (MOI) for the AGCRA Writing Contest is provided at the following link: AGCRA Writing Contest MOI. Please follow the guidance within the MOI or your article could be returned for noncompliance.
Send web articles and any accompanying support files via e-mail to Adjutant@agcra.com. Articles are due for the next contest by 25 April 2019. Writing contests will “normally” be held every other month and announced on AGCRA.com. You can always search for the keyword “AGCRA Writing Contest” at AGCRA.com for the most updated information and contest suspense date.
Winners will be selected by the National Executive Council (NEC) for the following categories:
- Company Grade Officers / Warrant Officers (2LT – CPT and WO1 – CW2).
- Junior Enlisted (PVT – SSG).
- Junior Civilian Employees (GS-09 and below, or equivalent civilian employee grades).
Web article prizes will be awarded for the categories listed above as follows:
- 1st Place – $100
- 2nd Place – $50
- 3rd Place – $25
Preferred topics for this AGCRA Writing Contest edition are provided below.
With the shift of focus toward Large Scale Combat Operations (LSCO), what must the Army and HR Community do to support Casualty Operations during LSCO? Possible topics may include, but are not limited to:
• Does Army HR doctrine and organizational structure support Casualty Operations during LSCO? If not, what needs to change and why?
• Are current policies and procedures sufficient to effectively enable Casualty Operations during LSCO? If not, what needs to change and why?
• Is the Army HR Community and the Army prepared for mass casualties on the battlefield? If not, what gaps exist and how do we mitigate them?
• What strategic task should the HR enterprise be planning for during the strategic roles of shape and prevent in regards to casualty operations?
Additional preferred topics follow:
• Based on your deployed experiences:
– What postal positions need to be coded with ASI F4/F5? Explain why.
– What is the role of CLTs co-located with Mortuary Affairs units?
– What tactics, techniques, and procedures (TTPs) proved valuable in maintaining accurate personnel accountability, especially as units were on the move?
• How did your S1 section integrate itself into operational planning and remain synchronized with ongoing and future operations?
• Where does Army Human Resources Doctrine fall short? How can we fix it?
• How does your S1 / G1 / HR Section make itself invaluable to the command?