Posted on May 10, 2015
MSG Brian Breaker
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How do you feel about Battle Assembly on a Holiday. In my experience I find scheduling Battle Assembly on a Holiday bad planning. I understand that some Holidays are unavoidable due to time and resources. What are your thoughts? Have you been to Battle Assembly on a national holiday? Was it avoidable?
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MAJ Information Technology (It)
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Poor planning - if your operations / training puts it on the schedule and doesn't vet it during YTB there's no excuse for it. Period.
I've been a part of YTB at company and BN level and we go as far as to avoid times that are big local events (race day, college football, etc.) Partly because you want to let your soldiers and their families spend that time together, and partly to avoid traveling during busy weekends - for safety if nothing else.
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MSG Brian Breaker
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CPT Haris Balcinovic,

We did the same thing. If BA fell during the Florida Georgia game or UF homecoming weekend we rescheduled. When the Super Bowl was in Jacksonville, FL years ago we made sure we didn't schedule anything that day.
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LTC Substitute Teacher
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The usually also avoid Super Bowl weekend (I may have had to drill one time on it but the Super Bowl has evolved into a near-national holiday over the years!) however, trying to avoid other athletic events could prove difficult.
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MAJ Anthony DeStefano
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As a former National Guard company commander my focus was on retention...you work very very hard to recruit new members but it is imperative that you retain those that you already have and avoid the revolving door syndrome... which breaks up cohesiveness, especially in a reserve component outfit...so my my thoughts are NO Keep the spouse and kids happy about the SM being in the your unit and you will retain far more personnel through good planning. AT's can be tough to avoid sometimes but holidays on normal drills are avoidable for the most part as planners.
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MSG Brian Breaker
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MAJ Anthony DeStefano,

I agree sometime AT is unavoidable. I have done that many of times.
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CW2(P) Construction Engineering Technician
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Well said Sir.
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MAJ Anthony DeStefano
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Thank you Mister Kunter...preesh.
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CPT Logistics Officer (S4)
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I've drilled on mother's and father's day and once on a memorial day, I absolutely agree that it is poor planning on the staff/commander. If holidays/remembrances/super bowl can be avoided I believe they should be. However, we signed a contract and committed to do our time and no where in the contract were holidays excluded. Sometimes we just have to suck it up and do our duty.
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SPC Robert Hallowell
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Duty? I suppose. I've spent every holiday at war. That's not why I chose not to renew the contract. It was this attitude at home. It doesn't make any real difference at all to anyone what part of the month I work on my sexual harassment proficiency training but it definitely makes a difference to everyone that matters that I can't spend holidays with them.
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SSG Environmental Specialist
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Never drilled on Mothers day but fathers day always seemed to pop up on a drill weekend.
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