Firing Line: Conversation Week #3 November 2016
a. AUSA Moderator – “AUSA signs Guard and Reserve support statement & challenge issued.”
“The Association of the U.S. Army has signed a statement of support for employment rights of National Guard and Reserve soldiers and in doing so challenged its chapters as well as corporate and sustaining members to also sign statements supporting reserve components.
Retired Army Gen. Carter F. Ham, AUSA president and CEO, signed the document on behalf of the association in a brief ceremony with Paul E. Mock, who heads the Defense Department’s Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) program. The ceremony was held in AUSA’s Conference and Event Center in Arlington, Va.”
b. AUSA Moderator – “Do you agree the U.S. Army is weak?”
“A new report by an influential conservative think tank rates the U.S. Army as “weak” for the second consecutive year.
The Heritage Foundation’s 2017 Index of U.S. Military Strength rates the Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps as having ‘marginal’ military power, a slightly higher rating.”
c. Veterans & Retirees – “Is the Army service of women undervalued?”
Almost three in four women in the new Service Women’s Action Network survey said they do not believe their military service is understood or valued among the general public, and only 24 percent said they think military leadership does enough to publicize their work. Roughly 68 percent said the military needs to take a bigger role in improving awareness of women’s military and veterans contributions, and 57 percent said veterans groups need to do more.
d. AUSA News – “Why did you join AUSA?
In a recent speech to association leaders, Gen. Carter Ham, AUSA president and CEO, outlined three challenges for AUSA, the first of which was membership. What motivated you to join AUSA?
THIS WEEK'S POLL QUESTION:
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Do you think the Army drawdown is over?
o Not sure