Women in the Army, Social Media Tips, Videos and 2016 Army Demographics

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Dear Army Advocate,

Greetings to you in this new year. We wish you a 2017 filled with opportunity, good health and happiness. We look forward to another exciting year of meaningful work together.

This communication is the latest in a series of newsletters intended to keep you informed about current Army programs and initiatives. One of the biggest changes in the Army in 2016 was opening all combat-arms branches to female Soldiers and officers. Three female officers earned the Ranger Tab in 2015, and women across the nation continued to make headlines in 2016 as they became the first to step into combat roles. See the below articles that describe the changes and feature the achievements of many.

We are also sharing a series of videos that feature U.S. Army veteran Craig Mullaney. In three different videos, he shares his experiences and discusses the impact the Army made on his education and career in technology.

Also attached to this newsletter are draft social media posts for you to share on your personal or organization's Facebook or Twitter channels. The posts describe a short video about U.S. Army Cyber Network. We encourage you to consider posting this content to your own social media channels to showcase important Army developments with your online communities.

Lastly, we included the 2016 Army demographics to help you better understand who our U.S. Army Soldiers are.

We are excited for what's to come in the new year. Thank you for your continued support as a U.S. Army Advocate.


Mark S. Davis
Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army (Marketing)
Army Marketing & Research Group (AMRG)

Women in Combat Roles in the Army

Women in Combat Roles in the Army
Last year, the U.S. Army opened all traditional combat-arms specialties to women. "Women have held their own in combat and proven themselves over and over again. Our operators have seen that for many, many years. So, they're ready for this," said Brig. Gen. Donna W. Martin, deputy commanding general for operations, U.S. Army Recruiting Command, Fort Knox, Ky.

Late in 2016, the first 10 women graduated from the Infantry Basic Officer Leader Course, and the first 13 women graduated from the Army Armor Basic Officer Leader Course at Fort Benning, Ga. In addition, click on the following link to read about Sgt. 1st Class Sarah Saunders, a petroleum supply specialist who recently graduated from the Master Gunner Common Core Course. Visit GoArmy.com to learn more about women in combat roles in the U.S. Army.


Meet U.S. Army Veteran Craig Mullaney

Meet U.S. Army Veteran Craig Mullaney
In a recent series of videos, Craig Mullaney, Strategic Partnerships Development Manager at Facebook and U.S. Army veteran, explains how his education and career have benefitted from his Army service. After graduating from the United States Military Academy at West Point, Mullaney credits the Army for advancing his education before returning to duty in the video, An Educational Journey. To lead men and women at a young age is, "one of the best gifts that military service gives," he said.

As an infantry officer, Mullaney learned how to be adaptable. In business - especially in technology - "there is no playbook," he said. A Soldier's Impact discusses the ways the Army has impacted his post-service career at Facebook. Mullaney also supports fellow veterans pursuing technology careers in the video, Passion Projects: Promoting Soldier Success and Connectivity. He said employers see veterans as individuals who have teamwork and leadership experience, and can learn and adapt in any situation.

Please Share U.S. Army Videos with your Online Communities
If you are comfortable, we would be honored if you would share news and information about the U.S. Army with your own online communities. In the document that is attached to this newsletter email, we have drafted sample posts for Facebook and Twitter for your consideration that discuss the U.S. Army Cyber Defenders - who are key to protecting our nation's cyber networks.

Please let us know if we can be helpful to you as you share videos and information via social media about the U.S. Army.

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