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Military Spouse Mentorship
[5/4/2005]

Source: tl

Army G-1 - 02 May 2005

1. Purpose: To provide information on the Army’s new Mentorship Strategy, which provides Mentorship opportunities, tools, and resources for Military Spouses.

2. Background:
a. On 10 Nov 04, ASA (M&RA) approved G-1’s Mentorship Definition and Strategy. The approved definition of Mentorship for the Army is: The voluntary developmental relationship that exists between a person of greater experience and a person of lesser experience that is characterized by mutual trust and respect.

b. This voluntary Mentorship Strategy addresses mentorship for all Army constituents to include Military Spouses, AC/RC Soldiers, DA Civilians, Retirees, Veterans, and Contractors (who have access to AKO). It provides new online resources (AKO Mentorship Community [under Army Organizations, Personnel, Mentorship] and the new Army Mentorship Resource Center (AMRC) at www.armyg1.army.mil/hr/mrc.asp).

c. The new Mentorship Community and AMRC include references, guidance, and tools to help facilitate the mentorship process and expand the pool of mentors in the Army to include Military Spouses. Specifically, they provide over 125 tailored mentorship forums and a searchable mentorship profile server that enables individuals to search for their own one-on-one mentor.

d. Mentorship is an extremely powerful tool for personal and professional development; it improves competence, leadership skills, self-awareness, and morale. Mentoring is not a new concept and has been a part of Army culture for years.

3. Conclusion: The Army recognizes that Military Spouses have already given a great deal to the Army and to the Nation. However, in order to pass on the hard lessons Military Spouses have learned and to avoid others making the same mistakes, we ask Military Spouses to consider mentoring someone of lesser experience. We believe that in doing so, they will pass on a legacy that will be carried on for generations to come. As President George W. Bush put it, “…it is the men and women of America who will fill the need. One mentor, one person, can change a life forever. And I urge you to be that one person.”

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