by Petty Officer 1st Class Farrukh DanielMASUM GHAR, Afghanistan - Raymond F. Chandler III, the 14th Sergeant Major of the Army, visited troops from 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25 Infantry Division, stationed at Forward Operating Base Masum Ghar Oct. 20th. Sgt. Maj. of the Army Chandler took time to discuss various changes coming in the Army that will impact soldiers everywhere. Chandler talked about changes in uniform standards, deployment length, retirement and changes in the size of the Army.
“The Army is getting smaller. We are recruiting fewer, higher quality people. We will be retaining fewer, higher quality people. And retention control points will start to get tighter,” Chandler said.
Pictured: Spc. Nicole Jurecko, with the 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, asks questions about where the Army is going, then listens to Sergeant Major of the Army Raymond F. Chandler III respond during his visit to Forward Operating Base Masum Ghar, Afghanistan, Oct. 20.
Chandler said that uniforms will remain basically the same, with some changes from the field.
“There are a number of options that are being explored, but it is the goal of senior leadership to protect your benefits. If you have been planning to retire, we want to make sure you will be able to without losing anything.”
Chandler took time to recognize some of the Task Force “Arctic Wolves” soldiers present with his personal coin.
“You are the real heroes. Less than 0.67 percent of America is willing to do what you do. You joined after 9/11 knowing that you would come to this place. You’re my hero.”
[Editor's Note: The Obama Administration has requested that Congress approve moves to increase the cost of Health Benefits to Veterans, those Medically Retired, and those Retired after 20+ years, while also recommending that the Retirement pension plan be altered to significantly diminish the benefits. This is within his scope of his view of "keeping faith with our troops," which is parroted by his Secretary of Defense.]