SAN ANTONIO, Texas — Training and Doctrine Command is the front door to the Army, and U.S. Army Recruiting Command, as a prospect’s first impression, is the very essence of the front door, according to the commanding general of Training and Doctrine Command.
During a leader professional development session Jan. 6, Gen. David Perkins told leaders and staff from the 5th Recruiting Brigade how USAREC fits into TRADOC’s overarching focus to design, acquire, build and improve the Army.
He equated TRADOC to a one-stop architecture firm, as its role is to design the blueprint for the Army the leadership wants and then determine how to build the organization to match its desires.
“The intellectual always leads the physical,” Perkins said. “You’ve got to think through what you are going to do …. You’ve got to get the raw material for the Army you want,” which is where USAREC comes into play.
Recruiters are “incredibly important to the Army at large,” the general added, saying recruiters set expectations early of how the Army runs, and they set the record straight about misperceptions many people have about life in the Army.
Perkins highlighted the intricate level of synchronization required with other organizations in TRADOC to “build” the Army with the new Soldiers USAREC acquires. The Army has to have training seats available to match the number of recruits and their selected occupations, so many layers of coordination are required to keep the process moving.
“We do this to a level of scale that no one else does,” he said. “I think the scale and quality is unmatched in any organization in the world.”
He said when he tells military leaders from other countries how the U.S. Army hires and trains more than 10,000 new Soldiers – across all three components – every single month, they are amazed at the number of Soldiers, the level of training, and the homogeneity of the quality.
“The profession of our force is homemade,” Perkins said. “It’s a do-it-yourself proposition. We make it ourselves. You can’t buy it.”
The general reminded the group the U.S. Army is older than the United States of America. He said the nation was built on the backs of Soldiers.
“The way we built this thing was Soldier by Soldier …. and 10,000 times a month, we have to replicate it – every single month for 242 years,” Perkins said. “[As recruiters,] you are the stewardship of this. You are the ones who bring in these tens of thousands of Soldiers that really are the envy of the world.”
Pictured above: Gen. David G. Perkins, commanding general of U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command, conducts a leader professional development session with leaders and staff from the 5th Recruiting Brigade and 470th Military Intelligence Brigade Jan. 6 at Fort Sam Houston, Texas. (U.S. Army photo)