Command Sgt. Major Michael D. Schultz, right, took the oath of
office on March 10th, to become the 11th Command Sergeant
Major of the Army Reserve. As the Army Reserve’s top enlisted
Soldier, he represents the interests of more than 150,000 enlisted
Command Sgt. Maj. Michael Schultz was sworn in as the Army Reserve’s 11th command sergeant major in a ceremony in the Pentagon March 16. He and Lt. Gen. Jack Stultz, chief of the Army Reserve, said their intent for the next three years is to re-fus senior noncommissioned officers in taking care of soldiers and living up to the NCO creed.
“I want to do something that means something to me. I want to do something [important] to my family. I want to do something [important] to my Army career,” Schultz said.
Stultz said that he selected Schultz, who was serving in Afghanistan on his third deployment, in part because of the way he answered the question about “what was the toughest thing you had to here?”
Schultz told him, “I had to send friends home.” Adding, Schultz told these senior NCOs the reason was, “I can’t afford to have you leading soldiers.”
“I said that’s the guy we need” to succeed Command Sgt. Maj. Leon Caffie, who retired, Stultz said.
Before the ceremony began, Stultz said that the selection process took about three months and it eventually came down to five “outstanding noncommissioned officers” who had put in their packets for the position.
He told the attendees that his criteria for selection was to find a person “that lives leadership,” a person that he could put his “ultimate trust and confidence in,” a person whom he would “feel comfortable with representing the Army Reserve and a person he would “feel comfortable with being a battle buddy.”
Adding, “It was not a thing taken lightly” in selecting the command sergeant major who represents 150,000 enlisted soldiers in the Army Reserve and is a mentor for more than 55,000 warrant officers and officers and 10,000 civilians
Schultz, who is working on his doctorate, is a Tampa, Fla., police officer in his civilian career.
Among the tasks he will be undertaking is helping re-balance the enlisted force in the Army Reserve. “We have an abundance of E-1s to E-4s and a lack of E-6s and E-7s.” In an interview after the ceremony, he said he will work closely with senior noncommissioned officers in ensuring they “stay on point” in carrying out their duties with soldiers and their families.
He said that he expects the senior noncommissioned officers to instill that passion and professionalism in their more junior NCOs
If they can’t or won’t do that, “they will not be welcome anymore,” Schultz said.
The ceremony was postponed from mid-February by blizzards in Washington. Schultz has been on the job for about two months and has made nine trips visiting Army Reserve soldiers.
As he ended his remarks during the ceremony, Schultz said, “This is the pinnacle of my career.”