Army Reserve looks to public-private partnerships to prepare for deployments 

10/21/2013 12:00 AM 

The chief of the Army Reserve gave a hint of what is to come in public-private partnerships in “mentoring, coaching, teaching” soldiers that will better prepare them for regionally-aligned mission deployments using private funds.

Speaking at the Guard and Reserve breakfast before the formal opening of the Association of the United States Army’s Annual Meeting and Exposition Oct. 21, Lt. Gen. Jeffrey Talley cited Coca Cola’s support  for an upcoming deployment to Africa on a water project “as a great example how some companies can increase our readiness.”

Coca Cola is the largest retailer of water on the continent.

The idea is an outgrowth of the Army Reserve’s partnership agreements with 5,000 employers, from health care to law enforcement, to find full-time jobs for soldiers that also benefit the employer.

He said more details will be announced at the Army Reserve’s birthday in 2014.