Monday, February 13, 2017

Army recruiting has historic goal increase to meet the new size




Columbia, S.C. -- U.S. Army leaders recently announced the need for 6,000 additional active-duty recruits and 1,500 additional Army Reserve recruits by the end of September as a result of the National Defense Authorization Act’s increase in the Army’s size.
U.S. Army Recruiting Command will see the largest in-year goal increase in the command’s history, bringing the original goal of 62,500 to 68,500. This will increase the goals of the U.S. Army Recruiting Battalion, based in Columbia, S.C.
The battalion’s goals increased from 2313 to 2493. This also changed the six recruiting companies within the battalion as follows:

Asheville, N.C. (which includes recruiting centers in the following cities: Asheville, Hickory, Morganton, Shelby and Sylva) from 351 to 378

Augusta, G.A. (which includes recruiting centers in the following cities: Augusta and Evans, G.A., Aiken, S.C, Greenwood, S.C., and Orangeburg, S.C.) from 358 to 387

Charleston, S.C. (which includes recruiting centers in the following cities: Beaufort, Charleston, North Charleston, and Summerville) from 370 to 399

Columbia, S.C. (which includes recruiting centers in the following cities: Columbia and Rock Hill) from 486 to 524

Florence, S.C. (which includes recruiting centers in the following cities: Florence, Georgetown, Myrtle Beach and Sumter) from 332 to 359

Greenville, S.C. (which includes recruiting centers in the following cities: Anderson, Clemson, Easley, Greenville, Simpsonville and Spartanburg) from 416 to 446

The Army has added $200 million in incentive bonuses, fully opened enlistment to those who have served previously to assist with the increase, and increased the number of two-year enlistment opportunities.
The Army’s standards for quality will not change with the mission increase. Currently, only 29 percent of youth meet the physical and mental qualifications required for military service.

To discuss these changes and the impact on the local area, or to request an interview, contact Leslie Ann Sully at 404-808-2317 or leslie.a.sully.civ@mail.mil.
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Friday, January 20, 2017

Order of the Francis Marion Awards for First Award Fiscal Year 2017



Several Recruiters earned the Order of Francis Marion, a new highly coveted battalion award. It can be earned on a phase line (Sullivan’s Island Order of Francis Marion), quarterly (King’s Mountain Order of Francis Marion), semi-annual (Cowpens Order of Francis Marion), and annual basis (Marion’s Men Order of Francis Marion).
The award is named for South Carolina’s own, Francis Marion, the Swamp fox. This one man, a soldier, implemented guerrilla warfare to fight the British Army, a tactic that broke from conventional warfare.  Generally, the two armies would face each other on an open field and trade shots. The American colonists and soldiers loved him and he earned his nickname from the British soldiers.
He learned about the local Indians, how they fought and survived in the swamp.  He knew the swamps like the back of his hand and it was said that he never got lost.  There is no doubt that his childhood development and subsequent years spent on and in swampy terrain would later provide a significant advantage in the fight against the British.  The key to winning battles in war is knowing how to fight with and on the terrain.  This was a main factor in Marion’s success.
Congratulations to all!


October
The Order of Francis Marion-Sullivan’s Island Award
  1. The Rock Hill Recruiting Center
  2. The Columbia Downtown Recruiting Center
  3. The Easley Recruiting Center
  4. The Greenville Recruiting Center
  5. The Sylva Recruiting Center
  6. The Morganton Recruiting Center
  7. The Myrtle Beach Recruiting Center
Recruiters:
1.     Staff Sgt. Jessie L. Henton
2.     Staff Sgt. Joseph M. King
3.     Staff Sgt. Justin J. Herrington
4.     Sgt. 1st Class David F. Rodriguez
5.     Staff Sgt. Manuel A. Guzman
Top Company - Columbia Recruiting Company
Top Recruiting Center - Columbia Downtown Recruiting Center
Top RA Recruiter - Staff Sgt. Joseph M. King and Staff Sgt. Jessie L. Henton
Top USAR Recruiter – Staff Sgt. Anthony R. McMann

November
The Order of Francis Marion-Sullivan’s Island Award
  1. The Greenwood Recruiting Center
  2. The Sand Hill Recruiting Center
  3. The Spartanburg Recruiting Center
  4. The Sylva Recruiting Center
  5. The Georgetown Recruiting Center
  6. The North Charleston Recruiting Center
Recruiters:
1.     Staff Sgt. Bradley J. Pearson
2.     Staff Sgt. Anthony R. McMann
3.     Sgt. 1st Class Isatta C. Rockman
4.     Staff Sgt. Brent A. Bettencourt
5.     Staff Sgt. Michael D. Longnecker
Top Company - Columbia Recruiting Company
Top Recruiting Center – Greenwood Recruiting Center
Top RA Recruiter - Staff Sgt. Anthony R. McMann
Top USAR Recruiter – Staff Sgt. Curtis M. Pooler


December
The Order of Francis Marion-Sullivan’s Island Award
  1. The Aiken Recruiting Center
  2. The Sylva Recruiting Center
  3. The Asheville Sub Recruiting Center
  4. The Hickory Recruiting Center
Recruiters:
1.     Sgt. Jason E. Swenson
2.     Staff Sgt. Kevin C. Jones
3.     Staff Sgt. Jonathan L. Bray
4.     Staff Sgt. Fulgencio E. Rodriguez
5.     Sgt. 1st Class Lonzell M. Tate
6.     Sgt. Tiffany L. Lackey
Top Company - Charleston Recruiting Company
Top Recruiting Center – Sylva Recruiting Center
Top RA Recruiter - Staff Sgt. Robert D. Barnett
Top USAR Recruiter – Staff Sgt. Curtis M. Pooler, Sgt. 1st Class Clifford L. Brown, Staff Sgt. Joseph F. Clark


1st QUARTER FY 17
The Order of Francis Marion-King’s Mountain Award
  1. The St. Andrews Recruiting Center
  2. The Sylva Recruiting Center
Most Improved Company – Asheville Recruiting Company
Top Future Soldier Retention Company – Asheville Recruiting Company
Top Company - Columbia Recruiting Company
Most Improved Recruiting Center – Asheville Sub Recruiting Center
Top Future Soldier Retention Recruiting Center – Anderson Recruiting Center

To see all the pictures please visit  https://www.flickr.com/photos/columbiarctgbn/albums/72157677499310250






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