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WASHINGTON Army Emergency Relief announced a change in policy allowing sergeants first class and above direct access to assistance. This change, which became effective Sept. 30, enables senior NCOs to go directly to AER for assistance.
Previous AER policy allowed master sergeants and above direct access to AER assistance. The change simply expands that policy to include all senior NCOs.
Based on feedback we received from command sergeants major and AER officers across the Army, the AER director decided that this was the right course of action, said Charles Durr, AERs assistance team chief. He is a retired command sergeant major. These senior NCOs are entrusted with significant levels of responsibility and demonstrate the integrity to warrant this change.
Army Emergency Relief is a private nonprofit organization dedicated to providing financial assistance to Soldiers, active and retired, and their Families. Since its incorporation in 1942, AER has provided more than $1.5 billion to more than 3.5 million Soldiers, Families and retirees.
USAMU to form post pistol team
The U.S. Army Marksmanship Units Pistol Team will sponsor and train active-duty Soldiers assigned to Fort Benning to become members of the Fort Benning Post Pistol Team and compete in the 2014 Interservice Service Pistol championships, scheduled for June 16-20 on Phillips Range.
The team presents an opportunity for Soldiers to represent the Maneuver Center of Excellence and the Army in a competitive event against their peers from other services. The Interservice Pistol Championships are held annually and bring together teams from active, reserve and guard components of the Army, Marines, Navy, Air Force and Coast Guard.
To try out for the team, Soldiers must either be an officer or grade E-4 or above with a minimum of 12 months retention on Fort Benning. Soldiers must be physically fit, have no flags, profiles or weight issues, and must have the permission and support of their chain of command.
Training will be conducted by the USAMU military pistol coach and instructors and shooters from the unit. Soldiers who express an interest in joining the post pistol team will be provided training and equipment to prepare them to compete at a high level during the Interservice Championships. All equipment will stay at the USAMU. This tryout is not a tryout for the USAMU.
Training, following the initial tryout, will be conducted Thursday afternoons on Phillips Range, or as schedules allow, until the Interservice Championships. Record days will be conducted approximately every month during the first four months to monitor progress. Soldiers not meeting expected progress will be released. The final team will consist of six Soldiers.
Tryouts will be held Nov. 13-15 at Philips Range. The initial number of potential shooters is limited to 20. The list of interested Soldiers will be made on a first-come, first-served basis. Only email submissions with commanders approval will be considered. Primary emphasis will be on the M9, .22 and .45 pistols. Those selected will be required to compete with all three pistols.
Registration packets are available at www.usamu.com. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.