Applications are being accepted for a special program that prepares active component soldiers in the ranks of promotable sergeant through master sergeant for service as enlisted aides to general officers.

The fiscal 2016 enlisted aide selection panel is slated to convene April 15 at the Human Resources Command, Fort Knox, Ky.

The application deadline is April 12.

Soldiers may apply for the program, regardless of their military occupational specialty. Candidates who were not selected by a previous panel may submit a new application.

Noncommissioned officers who are selected for the program and complete the training regimen will become part of the Enlisted Aide Personnel Management Ready Pool, a cohort of soldiers who is overseen by the Quartermaster Corps career management branch of HRC's enlisted directorate.

Once placed in the pool, soldiers can be selected for assignment as an enlisted aide to a general officer in the ranks of major general through four-star general at the tactical, operational or strategic level.

Staff Sgt. Marc Susa explains how the banquet table will be set.

Photo Credit: David Vergun/Army

Utilization tours are for two years, but can be extended by one year. Upon successful completion of the tour, soldiers will be returned to their basic branch for an operational assignment that will maintain their leadership and MOS proficiency.

Soldiers can return to the enlisted aide program upon successful completion of their basic branch assignment by submitting a new application packet.

While enlisted aide duties may vary from one general office to another, duties typically include:

• Maintaining the general's uniforms.

• Planning and executing official military social events.

• Daily meal preparation, to include menu development, shopping and storing of rations.

• Administrative requirements and record-keeping of finances.

• Household management, to include the upkeep of a general's assigned quarters.

• Perform other tasks that assist the general in the performance of his or her official duties.

Staff Sgt. Marc Susa, an enlisted aide, prepares a meal.

Photo Credit: David Vergun/Army

Soldiers who are selected by the April 15 panel, and who have not attended the Enlisted Aide Course or the Advanced Culinary Skills Training Course at the Joint Culinary Center, Fort Lee, Va., will be scheduled for training.

Soldiers who do not hold MOS 892 (culinary specialist) will be scheduled for the Basic Culinary Course at Fort Lee.

Upon completion of all training, soldiers will be assigned additional skill identifier Z5 (enlisted aide).

For detailed information about this program, as well as application procedures, consult MilPer Message 16-020, dated Jan. 20, and access the Enlisted Aide Program Web page.

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