News: USACAPOC(A) stays mission ready
Story by Staff Sgt. Amanda Smolinski
FORT BRAGG, N.C. — “Next!” echoed through the halls of the Headquarters and Headquarters Company, U.S. Army Civil Affairs and Psychological Operations Command (Airborne) building while soldiers of HHC conducted their annual Soldier Readiness Processing, to improve deployment and redeployment readiness, during Battle Assembly weekend.
The goal of the SRP is to ensure that all soldiers are physically and mentally fit to deploy. Performing this routine screening process doesn’t mean that a unit is preparing to deploy, rather it is a way to update administrative data and perform medical screening.
“It’s important that 100 percent of soldiers throughout USACAPOC(A) have a security clearance,” said Sgt. 1st Class Catherine Reese, security manager.
At the security readiness station, the personnel there check to make sure each soldier has a valid clearance for their military occupation specialty. If the station personnel discover a clearance needs to be updated or initiated, it gives them an opportunity to identify that the soldier and then follow-up to ensure they become compliant with the standard of their MOS.
“During battle assembly weekends there is so much training going on, it’s not often that we get the one-on-one time with each soldier,” said USACAPOC(A) Human Resource Sergeant, Staff. Sgt. Tina Morales. SRP allows us to have that time to update their documents.
During this yearly event, more than 180 soldiers waited in line to see various readiness stations such as finance, retention, chaplain, personnel and legal services.
“It’s going to be a long dreadful day waiting in lines,” said Pfc. Louis Stegall, a civil affairs specialist, G-1 USACAPOC(A). “They don’t move fast enough,” he chuckled.
SRP is just one of the ways that the command can ensure unit readiness requirements are being met. The birth month audit is a similar process that provides another opportunity to update individual personnel records. The birth month audit is conducted during the month of each soldier’s birthday.
“Soldiers can eliminate time waiting in lines by bringing in new documents as information changes throughout the year such as a marriage or a new child,” said Morales.
Although it took more than six hours for most soldiers to go through the various stations, Stegall admits. “It’s worth it in the long run because in past SRP experiences, I was able to correct important documents, like my marriage status.”
The six-hour process can take care of any issues a soldier might receive many months down the line. Soldier readiness is a top priority for all units within USACAPOC(A), to ensure that its Soldiers and Families are prepared for future mobilization.