31 Dec '13, 10pm

NCOs can get AER aid without command approval: Starting Jan. 1 noncomissioned officers will not have to ... #army

NCOs can get AER aid without command approval: Starting Jan. 1 noncomissioned officers will not have to ... #army

Starting Jan. 1 noncomissioned officers will not have to involve their chain of command if they need financial help from Army Emergency Relief. AER, a nonprofit agency that provides loans or grants to soldiers in urgent financial need, previously required E-6s and below to get approval from their chain of command before asking AER for help, but now NCOs can go straight to AER. The change comes after AER did an assessment at 22 Army installations and feedback showed soldiers wanted to go directly to AER for help, said Eldon Mullis, AER’s deputy director for administration. “We saw, after 10 (plus) years of war, that our NCOs are responsible individuals,” Mullis said. He said NCOs have been trusted with the lives of their soldiers and Army equipment in the last decade, so they should also be trusted to be responsible with their financial needs. AER gives grants or loans to s...

Full article: http://www.armytimes.com/article/20131231/BENEFITS/312310019

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