To me, this seems like very basic information. However, some questions I have received lately have me wondering about how basic it all actually is. The following items are things that you should absolutely know about your soldier. If you don’t know these things, you will find it very hard to navigate the Army system. You will also be facing delays if you ever need to contact the Red Cross to relay an emergency message to him.
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 (I am amazed by the number of people who only know a state and don’t even know the name of the post!). For example, Ft Bennning, Columbus, GA
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. It will be much easier to get in contact with him and relay emergency information 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 the name of his company, his job title and where his office is located. This information is no different. You don’t have to be “all involved” in his job to know this information.
So find it. Write it. Memorize it.