|Sad little plant at the FRSA's desk|
Having seen the highs and lows that this program can produce, I am still optimistic about the value and potential of the individuals placed in these positions. When we moved to a new battalion last April, we were introduced to a wonderful FRSA who worked hard, enjoyed her job, and had the Soldiers' best interests at heart. Unfortunately, her Soldier husband received orders to move and, sadly, she had to move with him.
We have been without an FRSA since July. A combination of field time, training, interview schedules, and issues with the Civilian Personnel system have thwarted our plans to hire a new person for this position. My husband has interviewed quite a few candidates and has attempted to hire two of them. The first was deemed "not eligible" (by the very same organization that presented us with the list of eligible candidates -- where she was clearly listed ... *sigh*) and the second ... well, we're waiting to hear. Hopefully, the unit will have an FRSA in place in February, after a JRTC rotation but before deployment.
So ... several ladies recently decided to help clean out the "FRSA Closet" in hopes that the adage "If you build it, she will come" might come true. When we arrived, we were greeted by the sad little plant pictured above. It had previously been cared for by the former FRSA ... and is now representative of our unit's FRSA life. =) We joke that when the plant revives, we'll have our new employee! Stay tuned for more!