Joint Forces Training Base, Los Alamitos. California State Military Reserve’s, Regional Support Command (South) leadership administered a two-day drill on 6-7 JUN 2015 at Joint Forces Training Base, preparing Soldiers for deployment and training. This first mandatory, RSC(S), two-day drill served as precedent for future UTAs, regional coordination and deployment status. Soldier Readiness Processing (SRP) included preparing Soldiers for participation in the Special Olympics World Games (SOWG).
Col. Donald Thornley, commander of the RSC(S) explained the reason for the mandatory assembly. “This is not only the SRP for all SOWG candidates, but our annual muster. We need 100% accountability at the muster, and other muster activities include annual mandatory training classes.”
RSC(S) focused on two of the three types of musters, readiness and personnel accountability and not unit affiliation musters, although CSMR Soldiers do report to specific armories, in concert with Army National Guard (ARNG) policies.
The U.S. Army Human Resource Command Public Affairs has defined readiness muster as a “… one-day event consisting of readiness and personnel accountability tasks such as a Reserve Component orientation brief, records review, security clearance updates, medical and dental screening, identification card issue, presentation of training and unit opportunities, and exit surveys.”
The purpose of the personnel accountability muster “… is to educate the Soldier on participation requirements and present training and promotion opportunities.”
In Thornley’s view, “The “mandatory” part … is to help commanders and OICs get their own UTA activities done. There will not be time to do that on 6 Jun 15, which (expedites) ONLY … SRP and muster activities.” Furthermore, he stated, “… if muster activities are not completed on 6 June and need to be carried over, we have that safety valve.” This planned branch, dependent upon opportunities, disruptions and random problems moved forward as a contingency.
The Commander’s mandatory training program had located inside the auditorium, in Building #6. Assigned instructors lectured while covering course material, supported by training aids. Soldiers had to attend a set of eight (8) mandatory lessons:
1) Soldier Values, Suicide Prevention, Equal Opportunity, Code of Conduct Level A
2) Anti-terrorism Force Protection https:/1ikodirectiten.mil/Atlas2/facestpaqe/loqin/Loqin.seam
3) Sexual Harassment/Assault Response & Prevention (SHARP) http://www.sexualassault.arrny.miltindex.cfm
4) Emergency Response Resiliency
5) Disaster Life Saver Part 1
6) Disaster Life Saver Part 2
7) Security Awareness & You – Protection of Individual Information (J6-PII) Iron net, Social Media Operations / Social Networking Training
8) California Military Veterans Code (CMVC), Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ),
SRP functions took place on the second deck. Merged from different units, Soldiers stood patiently in the stair wells, waiting in line for a medical screening. During this phase, RSC(S) medical staff did not conduct dental exams.
As this managed ‘contact and track’ process generated information to commanders, Chaplains (CA) Caroline Taylor and Capt. (CA) Brenda Threatt had already begun to furnish “… tables and chairs, … food/supplies and preparations for the (summer) BBQ.” They had made preparations to serve as many as 300 Soldiers at the Vet Center, following a break in the schedule.
Given operational planning guidelines, the June 2015 drill will have second- and third-order effects on how Soldiers receive information and how they process that information. The precedent must ensure the accuracy of their administrative and medical data. Knowledge will open critical slots to Soldiers who want to do more.
“Do not waste this opportunity to have everyone in one place.”, Thornley warned. “Bottom line is SOWG and muster are important evolutions which need support across the board.”