• 15th MP Bde. hosts future soldiers, families

  • The 15th Military Police Brigade teamed with the 5th Recruiting Brigade for Future Soldiers Day.

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  • Christopher Burnett | Staff Writer
    The 15th Military Police Brigade teamed with the 5th Recruiting Brigade for Future Soldiers Day May 19 at Fort Leavenworth.
    Capt. Ron Riggi, company commander at the Kansas City Recruiting Battalion in Liberty, Mo., said the Future Soldiers program is a resource that provides information and transitional resources to people who are in the process of joining the Army.
    “We brought 140 future soldiers to Fort Leavenworth today,” Riggi said. “Some are applicants who have already raised their right hands and enlisted. Some of the individuals are merely interested.”
    Riggi said the future soldiers met in the 40th Military Police Battalion (Detention) parking lot and participated in military training classes that included hands-on weapons systems overviews and active-duty soldiers demonstrating unarmed self-defende techniques.
    “We want to give each of them an idea about some of the things a soldier does on a daily basis,” Riggi said. “Coming to Fort Leavenworth, we can expose future soldiers to opportunities of learning some of what Army correctional specialists do. So, naturally many of the activities during the day specifically address the scope of that particular Army job.”
    Sgt. Carl Seim, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 40th MP Battalion (Detention), was teaching future soldiers about crew-served weapons. Seim gave a class about the M2 .50 caliber machine gun to rotating groups. As part of the instruction, Seim had each student take a turn handling the weapon to experience its weight and how it functions.
    Danielle Fuhrhop, who will be a senior in high school next fall, is joining the Army as a signals collection analyst. She was the first to take a turn.
    “I’ve never seen (crew-served weapons) in person, and it’s pretty exciting to learn about them in this overview class. I’ve got family members serving in the military and thought it would be intriguing to join myself,” Fuhrhop said. “I’m from a small town in Missouri, and I’ve always had skills in (internet technologies). I thought this job would be a good fit for me.”
    Riggi said a primary purpose of the day was to show a snapshot of life in the Army. He said among the group of future soldiers were some of their siblings, parents and grandparents.
    “It’s important to include family members in this process because they are key influencers in the lives of our future soldiers,” Riggi said. “This entire day also serves as an opportunity to show that the Army is a family, too, and our community takes care of those same types of domestic concerns among our ranks.”
    Riggi said the mission of the Future Soldiers Program is to assist those who have committed to join or are considering joining with their transitions from civilian life to becoming soldiers in the Army. He said including family members is a common sense approach that makes the joint development of understanding the military lifestyle a conventional process for all.
    Page 2 of 2 - “When many new soldiers enlist, they usually do not realize that their family joins as well, Riggi said”
    Future soldiers can log-in to the official Future Soldiers Center portal at https://www.futuresoldiers.com. The different areas of the site are also designed to provide familiarization with Army training, education benefits, health care and life insurance, in addition to available family services.
    “We have found that family members usually have many questions too,” Riggi said. “The Future Soldiers Center assists as a convenient information resource to address any that may arise.”
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