DVIDS – News – Senior Army Reserve Officer Focuses on Recruiting and Readiness

JOINT BASE MCGUIRE-DIX-LAKEHURST, N.J. – As part of the U.S. Army’s ongoing celebration of the 106th anniversary of the Warrant Officer Branch, the U.S. Army Reserve is taking steps to enhance warrant officer recruitment and career development.

“One of the tasks we will soon be tasked with is establishing a regional Senior Warrant Officer Advisory Council,” explained Chief Warrant Officer Five Daniel Fuhrman, Chief Warrant Officer of the 99th Readiness Division in the U.S. Army Reserve. “The Readiness Division Four is authorized to establish regional councils to unify the major subordinate commands within each RD area.”

Although only CW5 and CW4 officers have a vote on the Regional Council, officers of all ranks are encouraged to attend and actively participate in Council meetings.

“We want to provide a forum where warrant officers can come together and express their opinions, so they can raise issues that concern them, so we can bring those issues to the attention of CW5 LaShon White, the senior warrant officer in the Army Reserve,” Fuhrman said.

The United States Army Warrant Officer Corps was created by Congress in 1918, and 40 warrant officers served in the newly established Army Mining Service.

Just a century later, the Army Commissioned Officer Corps offers 48 specializations in 17 fields, including science and medicine, support and logistics, communications and intelligence, aviation and air defense, mechanics and engineering, and ground forces.

To become a noncommissioned officer, you must be an active duty enlisted person, Army Reserve or Army National Guard soldier who has gained experience in his or her field and has been selected for Army Noncommissioned Officer Candidate School and an appropriate military school.

“Focusing on enlisted and warrant officer recruitment is a priority for the Army and Army Reserve,” Fuhrman said. “Because we recruit from the noncommissioned officers, we must support the development of a healthy noncommissioned officer corps.

“Staff NCOs are technical experts, so NCOs are expected to have a certain number of years of service in their military specialty, develop a level of knowledge from an NCO perspective, and have a foundation to build on as staff NCOs,” he continued.

After joining the 99th RD in February of that year, Fuhrman was tasked by the 99th RD commander, Maj. Gen. Kris Belanger, with focusing on and strengthening the Warrant Officer Corps.

“One of the first things I did was reach out to data scientists at the U.S. Army Reserve Command and the Office of the Chief of the Army Reserve to understand where our gaps were so we could determine what our primary operational areas were to focus on,” Fuhrman explained.

“Joining this position in the 99th was incredibly eye-opening,” he continued. “Being in other units, you’re not exposed to a lot of what’s going on outside of your functional areas; seeing the breathing room that RD is taking will help me get that message out to warrant officers and units in our coverage area to let them know what other resources are available and how we can work together to increase readiness and improve Soldier morale.”

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Date of execution: 07/09/2024
Date published: 07/09/2024 12:07
Story ID: 475757

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