Soldier Today

Tuesday, 18 February, 2020

From the SMAs Leader Book

The knowledge that you gain is not solely yours to keep, but yours to take and pass on to the Soldiers of your organization. Use what you learn to teach your Soldiers and make [your] team better.

—SMA Kenneth O. Preston, USA Ret.

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Study Topics

Army forces conduct training individually and collectively in three training domains. What are they?
Institutional training domain
Operational training domain
Self-development training domain

Sergeants Major Academy Fellowship Program

Encounter a transformative educational experience as a USASMA fellow  

The USASMA Fellowship Program is a merit-based scholarship program where select sergeants major will compete for up to 20 scholarships per year for a master’s degree in Adult Education through Penn State University or a master’s degree in Instructional Design, Development and Evaluation from Syracuse University. Read more.

This Week in Military History

A stolen helicopter lands on the White House lawn.

Feb. 17, 1974 – Robert K. Preston, a disgruntled U.S. Army private, buzzes the White House in a stolen helicopter. Click here to watch video.

New Assignments

Command Sergeant Major Ted C. Munter

On behalf of the Sergeant Major of the Army, Command Sergeant Major Ted C. Munter, 1st Special Warfare Training Group, Fort Bragg, NC, has been selected as the Command Sergeant Major, 1st Special Forces Command, Fort Bragg, NC.

Health and Fitness  

The benefits of dog walking

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, regular walking or playing with pets can decrease blood pressure, cholesterol levels, and triglyceride levels. Pets can also help manage loneliness and depression by providing companionship Read more.

AUSA ‘Army Matters’ Podcast

Dr. Belinda Hernandez, Assistant Professor, Health Promotion and Behavioral Sciences, University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth)

Military kids are resilient, but how are they affected when one parent is a full-time caregiver for the other? Today we learn about a study on children in homes where there is a military caregiver who also happens to be the spouse and mom. Click here for podcast.

Fun Facts

There have only been five five-star generals in the Army

The rank of five-star general didn’t exist until 1944, and it was only given to five men, including former president Dwight D. Eisenhower. The ranks were retired in 1981, when the last surviving five-star general, Omar Bradley, died. Read more.

Member Benefit Highlight  

Education Discounts – Trident University, edX and eKnowledge

All AUSA Members—regardless of military service—are now offered access to Trident University’s military discount of up to 39% off tuition and waived application fees. Those without service experience can take advantage of these savings after one year of AUSA membership. Regionally accredited, Trident provides educational opportunities with affordable, flexible, high quality, and innovative academic programs. edX is a non-profit created by MIT and Harvard, hosting online, university-level courses in a range of disciplines to a worldwide student body. edX is home to 21M+ learners, top-ranked universities from around the world, and industry leading companies. Advance your career in areas like cybersecurity, programming, business, and data science on your schedule. AUSA members take 20% off with code edxAUSA. Lastly, AUSA members receive free comprehensive SAT/ACT test prep materials through eKnowledge. Access these and all your member savings at




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