Devil soldiers explore a new opportunity in armor

by Cpl. Dasol Choi, 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division
Stripes Korea

CAMP HOVEY, Republic of Korea ¬– Soldiers from the 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division were eager to learn about the Army’s Armor branch when senior enlisted leaders from the U.S. Army Armor School held an information session at the Hovey Multipurpose Complex, Camp Hovey, South Korea, to broaden Soldiers’ perspective on the Armor branch.

During the information session Nov. 29, two representatives from the Armor School, located at the Maneuver Center of Excellence, Fort Benning, Georgia, gave a brief overview of the Armor branch as well as introduced the curriculums of the Armor School.

“We have visited here to give an updated brief about the branch,” said Command Sgt. Maj. Alan Hummel, senior enlisted leader to the Armor School, who once served in the 3rd Battalion, 66th Armor Regiment. “So, we can show the Devil brigade what is going on at Fort Benning with some initiatives and directions that the Armor community is moving towards.”

The representatives from the Armor School discussed several topics including training and qualification opportunities the Armor School is soon to offer, how to prepare a future career in the Armor branch and how to apply for a program at the Armor School.

“The future of the Armor branch is in a higher demand right now than it has been in 20 years,” Hummel said. “Since the Cold War, the Armor branch is alive and well, and the demand signal for the Armored Brigade Combat Teams to deploy is really great for the branch.”

During his speech, Hummel also brought up new changes that the Armor branch is about to face.

“With vehicle modernization, professional military education and structural changes in the Armor branch, it’s exciting time to be in the Armor force,” Hummel said.

Devil Soldiers, who hold military occupational specialties in the fields of armor and cavalry, became even more interested as they kept asking questions about the branch and the school.

“I learned about the future that sounded really interesting.” Said Staff Sgt. Patrick Fisher, a cavalry scout with 1st Squadron, 4th Cavalry Regiment, 1st ABCT. “I thought there were a lot of things I could do and invest more time on, because I believe they are going to make our jobs better.”

“Today, Soldiers could hear about the real world problems, ideas, and solutions from Soldiers that are actually facing the problems. It sounded like they really take it to their hearts, take a good note, and make changes,” said Fisher.

Not only did the briefing by the representatives from the Armor School provide non-armor Soldiers with another opportunity to consider, it also challenged Soldiers currently in the Armor branch to continue their careers.

“It pushes young enlisted Soldiers to challenge different schools and programs,” said Spc. Luis Palos, a M1 Armor crewman from the 3-66 AR Bn., 1st ABCT. “If they want to start a school, they got options now and know how to do it.”

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