To me, this seems like very basic information.
However, some questions I have received lately have me wondering how basic it is. The following items are things that you should absolutely know about your soldier.
If you don’t know these things, navigating the Army system will be difficult. You will also face delays if you ever need to contact the Red Cross to relay an emergency message to him.
Here is the list of items you should have memorized:
1. His full name and rank
2. His social security number (you need this for just about everything in the Army)
3. Where he is stationed. For example, Ft Bennning, Columbus, GA. I am amazed by the number of people who only know a state and don’t even know the name of the post!
4. His unit information, at least down to his platoon (team if possible, especially if his name is common). For example, 1/75 Ranger Regiment, A Co, 1st Platoon
5. His job (MOS) – For example, Infantry or 11Bravo
6. His address – for his unit stateside and overseas (if deployed)
This information is not optional for you to know. You need all of this information if you are an immediate family member of a soldier. Contacting him and relaying emergency information will be much easier if you know these six items.
As an Army spouse, I see many who say they don’t need to be so involved in his job – after all, it is HIS job. However, not knowing simple information, such as what I’ve listed above, is just irresponsible.
If he had a civilian job, you would know his company’s name, job title, and office location. This information is no different. To know this information, you don’t have to be “all involved” in his job.
So, find it. Write it. Memorize it.