ARMY SERGEANTS MAJOR ACADEMY FORT BLISS TX FORT BLISS United States
During the period of 1 October 2004 to 10 April 2005, I SFC David Callahan, was charged by the Recruiting and Retention Battalion Commander, to establish a Recruit Sustainment Program RSP for the Colorado Anny National Guard COARNG. Reduction of attrition and increasing retention of the non-prior service NPS Soldiers in the COARNG was the goal of the RSP. COARNG went from 50th to 3rd overall in the Nation in NPS attrition in less than 7 months, with an annualized attrition rate of less than 3 percent. This is an account of how starting the RSP took all of my organizational, operational, and leadership skills in order to meet established deadlines.