Q. Where did the idea for the Enlisted Spouse Training Series come from?
A. The Enlisted Spouse Training Series is the product of the Army Family Readiness Advisory Council’s (AFRAC) Enlisted Spouse Workgroup. The task of the Enlisted Spouse Workgroup was to identify gaps in outreach services to junior enlisted spouses and to support enlisted spouses as they advance to roles with greater responsibilities. The training portion of the plan addressed the perception that enlisted spouses were at a training disadvantage compared with their officer spouse counterparts. The group’s solution was to develop a series of training experiences to address existing gaps such as the Drill Sergeant Spouse, Recruiter Spouse and First Sergeant Spouse seminars.
Q. What other training-related issues were addressed by the AFRAC Enlisted Spouse Workgroup?
A. Other training-related areas of concern raised by the workgroup were the need for spouses of sergeants major to attend the Pre-Command Course at Fort Leavenworth, KS and the need for updated training materials used for the spouse program offered at the US Army Sergeants Major Academy. These two issues were resolved in FY 2006.
Q. What is the purpose of these spouse seminars?
A. The specific purpose of these seminars is to prepare enlisted spouses to assume additional responsibilities as their Soldiers advance through the ranks.
Q. What is the target audience for this spouse training?
A. The primary target audience is spouses of Drill Sergeants, Recruiters, and First Sergeants prior to assumption of their new role. The secondary target audience is spouses who anticipate assuming these roles in the future.
Q. How and where will these seminars be presented?
A. The seminars will be conducted in small groups (5-15 participants) and are designed to encourage flexibility in delivery: single day, two half days, three evenings. The U.S. Army Recruiting Command (USAREC) indicated they have the ability to use the Virtual Classroom server, permitting interaction while delivering the seminars to distant locations. The unique aspects of each seminar include panel discussions, with 2-3 couples, currently serving in the function as Recruiter, Drill or First Sergeant.
Q. Who will conduct the spouse seminars?
A. The responsibility for conducting these seminars falls on the Army Family Team Building (AFTB) Program Manager, the Army Community Service (ACS) Master Trainer, or the USAREC Master Trainer (RSS).
Q. How often will the seminars be offered?
A. The spouse seminars should be offered, at a minimum, quarterly, but local seminar schedule is contingent upon the needs of your community. We expect a greater need for the DSSS at locations where basic training is conducted. The FSSS will be conducted Army-wide. The RSS will be offered at locations near USAREC units and by USAREC throughout the command.
Q. When can ACS Centers begin to offer this training?
A. Seminars will be available for download beginning 10 December 2009. Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) will be posted 1 December 2009 in preparation for initial program delivery.
Q. Are there plans to offer a computer-based version of this training in the future?
A. There is a plan to offer online versions of these seminars to facilitate access by other components and by geographically-dispersed spouses. The computer-based seminars will be available in FY11.
Q. How can we offer suggestions or provide other comments on this training series?
A. We request comments, suggestions and best practices be sent to the Enlisted Spouse Training Manager, Walsh Althouse (email@example.com).