AUSA’s 5 Things

Monday, October 7, 2019
AUSA’s Five Things: A Weekly Tip Sheet for AUSA Members
1 Combat Fitness

The Army has formally rolled out the Army Combat Fitness Test as a replacement for the 39-year-old Army Physical Fitness Test. During the first year, all soldiers will have to take the ACFT twice, but scores on the new six-event test won?t count for anything more than bragging rights.

What to Watch: All soldiers will be required to pass the Army Combat Fitness Test beginning October 2020, when it will become the fitness test of record for the Regular Army, Army National Guard and Army Reserve.

2 New Indiana AG

U.S. Army Brig. Gen. Dale Lyles, formerly the National Guard Bureau?s deputy chief of staff for operations, became the Indiana adjutant general on Oct. 1, succeeding Brig. Gen. Timothy Winslow.

What to Watch: Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb praised Lyles? 32 years of service that includes deployments to Bosnia and Afghanistan. ?His vision for the Guard will create a culture of safety, success and stability that is critical for the defense of Indiana,? Holcomb said.

3 New TAP

Since the end of the Cold War, the Army has provided transition assistance for soldiers by discussing with them education, employment and medical issues. Pre-separation counseling involves representatives from the Defense Department and the Labor, Veterans Affairs, Homeland Security and Education departments, the Office of Personnel Management, and the Small Business Administration.

What to Watch: Several changes to TAP took effect beginning Oct. 1, including a new self-assessment survey that will determine the exact assistance needed and a requirement to start the transition process at least one year before retirement or separation.

4 More Excellence

The Army Medical Department Center and School Health Readiness Center of Excellence at Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston was renamed on Sept. 15 to something slightly shorter. It is now the Army Medical Center of Excellence, a redesignation that follows the pattern of the Aviation Center of Excellence at Fort Rucker, the Fires Center of Excellence at Fort Sill, the Maneuver Center of Excellence at Fort Benning and several others.

What to Watch: Maj. Gen. Patrick Sargent, Medical Center of Excellence commanding general, said the origin of the association dates back almost 100 years to the Medical Field School at Carlisle Barracks that will celebrate its centennial in June 2020.

5 AUSA 2019 Registration

AUSA has a mobile phone app for year-round use that includes features supporting big events, such as the AUSA Annual Meeting and Exposition that begins Oct. 14 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. The app provides schedules, maps of the exhibit floor and other resources.

What to Watch: Details on the app and how to download it are available here: Advance registration for AUSA 2019 ends tomorrow at 8 p.m. Onsite registration opens Oct. 11 at 8 a.m.

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