Posted on Mar 31, 2016
LTC Jordan B.
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I am considering creating videos and other media showing viewers what my current unit is like and illustrating the mission for candidates to view. It seems RallyPoint is the perfect platform for SMs to find the next USAR unit, but I don't see units sharing much. Before I put the work in, I want to see if you think videos, vignettes, and stories about a unit would be helpful in your unit search.

Edit: Thanks for the feedback everyone! Based on feedback it seems that the only cons of this effort is 1) the time/cost involved and 2) risk of OPSEC violations. The value seems to far outweigh the costs as long as the OPSEC risk is mitigated, so I will try to promote my unit (and hope others do the same for their units). I will post again once I have a video or other material.
If people have any more comments, please continue to share.
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Capt Brandon Charters
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It's not USAR, but I was able to dig up a pretty great ANG success story here from my close friend Maj (Join to see).
"I wanted to share with you my recent success that I can only attribute to the RallyPoint.com program. Kristen and I have been contemplating departing active duty and moving our family back to California but still want to serve.
We decided the guard or reserves would be a great option and knew there were part time opportunities in Northern California where we wanted to set roots to be close to family for baby Anderson. The only problem was we didn’t know anyone in a guard or reserve unit that could show me the ropes of the part time military world.

I turned to RallyPoint to make a connection. After you showed me the unit filter function we found Maj (Join to see), who was a part time guardsman, Maintenance Officer at the 129th Rescue Wing at Moffett Field California. I sent him a pm through RP and told him what I was looking for. He responded right away and we formed an instant friendship. We had two friends in common, one he had deployed with and I currently work with in the T-38 Program Office.

Ritchie took my resume and performance reports and put in a good worth with the unit commander and guard recruiter. This was about 3 weeks ago and just yesterday the Group and Squadron commander called me for and interview. Based on Ritchie’s recommendation and quality performance reports they offered me a position starting as soon as the Air Force releases me from active duty under the Place Front program.

The next step is to find civilian employment in the same region. RP is one of the vehicles helping me to explore that avenue as well.

I want to give a BIG THANKS to you and the RallyPoint team in helping lift some stress off of Kristen and my shoulders during a potentially frustrating transition process.
Cheers,
-Nate"
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LTC Jordan B.
LTC Jordan B.
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Great story. Thanks for digging it up and sharing! I think this supports the need to take efforts to promote unit mission and contact info to potential candidates. I would love to figure out the size of this market, but I am betting that data does not exist yet.
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SGM Senior Career Counselor
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Sir,
I think that is a very proactive approach. Too often, Soldiers don't know what they are walking into on the USAR. It can't do anything but help. There is way to much bad contact info in the system already
Try looking up a USAR unit online and get good contact info or basic unit info and you are bound to be disappointed.
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LTC Jordan B.
LTC Jordan B.
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Thanks for the feedback Sergeant Major. I completely agree that it is too hard to find units and contacts. Since the Army has not made a system to make this easy, it seems there is a gap that we can fill as a community.
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LTC Substitute Teacher
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I wish we had RallyPoint when I was in the Selected Reserve.
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Do you use RallyPoint or other social media to find or research your next USAR TPU unit assignment? How?
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As long as it doesn't break OPSEC I'd say it's a great idea. I came into knowing about Rallypoint after my deployment. It is a great asset and learning site as well as great for networking. Yet soldiers coming back from deployments, going to different schools, or new jobs will end up in different states. Having an asset such as seeing what type of units are open to your his/her new location can only be helpful to that soldier. A lot of times their isn't a lot of information out there about units your trying to transfer. Yet again a lot is due to OPSEC reasons. I will say that having a unit Facebook is highly encouraged, and if your unit doesn't have one currently I would get started by that. It's one of the first research sites I'm aware of that soldiers including myself look into when contemplating transferring units. However if it only helps just one soldier then it's worth the time and effort.
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I don't know. OPSEC comes to mind though I get that you're not necessarily discussing mission. Don't you think that prospective troops would seek the info out themselves, talk to people and maybe even visit? I like to be proactive, even as an Active Duty body, I typically have been able to choose where I go.
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LTC Jordan B.
LTC Jordan B.
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I agree OPSEC must be front of mind any time we discuss social media.
As for your other point, the reserve is a bit different from the active side in that there are not career managers to rely on for help finding the next unit. It is up to the SM to find it and often he/she may not know where to start since units, missions, location, POCs, may all be unknown. While networking can yield great results, there is a lot of luck involved in happening to find the right person. I am thinking effective social media + networking can be most effective when employed together, and I am wondering if people agree with the approach.
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SMSgt Minister Gerald A. "Doc" Thomas
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Never thought to use RP in that manner!
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LTC Jordan B.
LTC Jordan B.
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Units are always looking for the right candidates and SMs are always looking for the next unit, and there is no large-scale way for them to find each other. The best approach always seems to simply be networking, but that is far from an efficient solution. RP seems perfect for this since the "Explore by Units" functionality allows for an absolutely unique way to search.
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1SG First Sergeant
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Soldier's have a great tool in the retention NCO, they are the 79V's. They are in nearly every unit, they have the tools to seek out either other 79V's or units based on zip codes.
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SFC Military Retired Pay
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I tried to use Rallypoint to recruit drill sergeant candidates for my current unit but Rallypoint deleted the post. Not really sure why.
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PO1 Yeoman
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You could always be the one to set the example
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PO1 Master-at-Arms
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The Navy has set up Facebook pages and it depends if your units talk to one another.
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