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Hello, I’m Major General Barrye Price, U.S.
Army Forces Command G-1. First and foremost, thank you
for your service to our Nation and to our Army. Today’s
leaders have the critical responsibility to develop future leaders who are prepared to
meet tomorrow’s challenges. An essential component of this is the Transition Development Soldier
Life Cycle (SLC). Transition SLC is a part of the Army Chief’s Soldier for Life concept
and capitalizes on a Soldier’s training and professional development timeline beginning
at accessions and continuing throughout the Soldier’s career. The goals of Transition Soldier Life Cycle
are 4: (1) teach Soldiers to be Soldiers first; (2)
retain quality Soldiers in the force and support the All-Volunteer Army; (3) develop career
readiness skills while introducing the Soldier to the many benefits the Army has to offer;
and (4) prepare leaders to mentor Soldiers to achieve career readiness skills prior to
transition from active duty service. It also leverages the Soldier for Life – Transition
Assistance Program in order to prepare Soldiers to serve
the Nation in uniform and as productive citizens after their
military service. Soldiers receive counseling on their professional
and personal development goals within the Army and
establish a civilian career goal. Through the use of both
military career development opportunities and transition
training, Soldiers will master the military skills required
for a successful Army career, while developing key
career readiness products throughout their military service. As leaders, we must counsel, teach, coach,
and are role models to Soldiers. Therefore, Non-Commisioned
Officers, Officers, and senior leaders are responsible
for ensuring Soldiers are prepared for transition. I encourage you to understand and embrace
the Transition SLC concept. Encourage Soldiers to begin preparing
for their transition from active duty service. Discuss career, and education goals with your
Soldiers during reenlistment, promotion, initial and annual
counseling sessions, and in their professional military
education opportunities. Finally, when it’s time to
begin the transition process tell your Soldiers to go early; visit
with their transition counselors often; and most importantly
support your Soldiers during their transition process.

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