New Brigade, Female Soldier Update & Career Intermission Pilot Program

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Dear Army Advocate,

This communication is the latest in a series of newsletters intended to inform you about current Army programs and initiatives.

As fall begins, the Army for the first time is forming an internationally focused brigade that will become one of six regionally focused brigades. The Army is always striving to deliver exceptional education, leadership development and career-enhancing opportunities, and as an Army Advocate, we wanted you to know about this new initiative. Starting in October, 500 of our best and brightest will arrive at Fort Benning, Georgia, to embark upon a six-week training course that will prepare them to train troops from partner nations and eventually, will deploy around the world.

Speaking of firsts, this newsletter also contains important updates about recent groundbreaking accomplishments by U.S. Army female Soldiers. I invite you to read on to learn more about Lt. Col. Megan Brodgen, the first woman to command a Special Forces Battalion, and about our first female cavalry school graduates. Feel free to share both of these inspiring stories with women you mentor.

We are also excited to inform you of the Army’s expanded Career Intermission Pilot Program. Moving forward, Soldiers will have an opportunity to take up to three years off to pursue professional and/or personal goals. We believe the program will be an important retention tool for the Army, and we look forward to answering any questions you may have about Career Intermission.

As always, we value your interest and thank you for your continued support of the U.S. Army. We look forward to connecting with you further on LinkedIn


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

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Army’s Newest Brigade

A Look Inside the Army’s Newest Brigade
This October will mark the beginning of a distinctive learning opportunity for the U.S. Army’s “best of the best” to deploy around the world to train foreign troops. Approximately 500 former squad leaders and platoon sergeants selected this fall will report to Fort Benning, Georgia, to learn how to train Soldiers from other nations.

As stated in a release announcing the program, qualifying Soldiers must score at least an 85 on the Defense Language Aptitude Battery (DLAB) for primary advisers, receive a minimum of 240 or 70 points in each event on the Army Physical Fitness Test, have a secret security clearance and be in a deployable status.

To learn more about the Army’s new brigade, click here.


Lt. Col. Megan Brogan Change of Command

Female Firsts
For the first time, a woman will command a Special Forces Battalion. Lt. Col. Megan Brodgen, a career Quartermaster officer, has assumed command of the 3rd Special Forces Group Support Battalion. Because the Army lifted restrictions on women serving in combat roles early last year, the door was opened, and Brodgen, 38, is the first to break through to battalion command.

To learn more about her career and accomplishments, click here.

And in another first, four women became the first female cavalry school graduates during the summer at Fort Benning, Georgia. As part of the Army’s effort to bring women into combat arms career fields, all Soldiers must now meet a standard set of entry and graduation qualifications, ensuring equal opportunity for all Soldiers.

Other than creating separate barracks, the training environment and course of instruction were not heavily modified because Army leaders determined early on that training would be the same for both genders.

To become a cavalry scout, students must work together during training to push toward graduation. To learn more about these pioneering female Soldiers, click here.


Career Intermission Pilot Program Takes Flight

Career Intermission Pilot Program Takes Flight
According to a new directive from the Secretary of the Army, Soldiers will now have an expanded opportunity to participate in its Career Intermission Pilot Program. Launched by the Army in 2014, the program allows Soldiers to take up to three years off to pursue personal or professional goals.

Applicants to the program have used the intermission time for a variety of reasons, including furthering their education, caring for aging parents, starting a family, seeing the world or completing another personal adventure.

The Army views the Career Intermission Program as a potential retention incentive for top-quality Soldiers. Applications are submitted to Human Resources Command on an open-enrollment basis for review and consideration by a selection panel.

To learn more about the program, click here.


Show Your Support on Social Media

Show Your Support on Social Media
Let your social communities know how the U.S. Army supports your organization and others like it using one of the template social media posts below:

Like the @USArmy, [INSERT YOUR ORGANIZATION’S NAME/HANDLE HERE] believes work/life balance can boost retention and morale:

Organizations like [INSERT YOUR ORGANIZATION’S NAME/HANDLE HERE] and the [@U.S. Army] play a crucial role in developing leadership opportunities for women. Learn more:

The featured photo is shared with you in celebration of Women's Equality Day last month on August 26, 2017. Women’s Equality Day is held in celebration of American women's right to vote in the United States of America, after the 19th Amendment was passed in 1920.


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