New comedic tool encourages Soldiers to think about safety first

| November 11, 2010 | 0 Comments

Rob McIlvaine 
Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation Command Public Affairs

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — The U.S. Army Combat Readiness/Safety Center has teamed up with the Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation Command to provide Soldiers with a ready-to-use tool that builds hazard awareness and encourages Soldiers to think safety during their off-duty hours — but not without a little fun. 

According to USACR/SC Command Sgt. Maj. Michael Eyer, this is “anything but your boring safety presentation.”

This year’s updated four-part presentation incorporates humor from comedians, who reinforce safety messages in video clips dispersed throughout the briefing. The performers are either former Soldiers, who later became comedians, or entertainers who have visited troops stateside and overseas.

“From October 2008 through July 2010, the Army lost more than 200 Soldiers to off-duty accidents,” he said. “During the same time, about 1,200 more Soldiers were injured or suffered negative results from engaging in careless or high-risk behavior in their off-duty time.“

“The majority of these incidents are our junior Soldiers who also make up the bulk of our (Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers) demographic,” said Sgt. Danielle Colson, FMWRC, Department of the Army BOSS representative.

In conjunction with the 2010 BOSS Safety Factor tool, Soldiers are able to create and submit their own videos in a safety peer-to-peer video contest. Prizes will be awarded to the winning BOSS programs from garrisons, Armywide. 

“USACR/SC created this presentation that is geared towards 18- to 25-year-olds,” Colson said. “It also encourages peer-to-peer action by influencing the Soldiers to police-up each other and make sure our battle buddies are making the right decisions.“ 

“During the four-part safety presentation, your Soldiers will be laughing out loud, as some of today’s top comedians take a humorous look at the hazards of Army life and send a safety message sure to get through to even the toughest audience,” Eyer said.

Each presentation has a theme that identifies off-duty facets of life away from home.

“The USACR/SC has classified safety violators into four categories: the lone wolf, the thrill seeker, the club hopper and the motor vehicle enthusiast,” Colson said. “Each of these has their own characteristics in the type of risk they encounter.”

While each PowerPoint slide in the presentation is heavy with facts, it is also laced with tidbits that encourage audience participation. For instance, in the club hopper, the audience is asked, “Do you know someone who has firsthand information on every happy hour within a 50-mile radius,” or “…who has a Jack and Coke poured for him as soon as the bartender sees him walk in?”

Then a professional comedian will come on to illustrate just how the affects of alcohol or other drugs affect behavior and the outcome.

“This is a way for the BOSS program to make sure they are helping do their part in maintaining a high standard of (quality of life) for all of our Soldiers,” Colson said. “If there is an injury or a death resulting from a safety violation, it not only affects the mission at hand with one less Soldiers, but it also affects every Soldier within his or her Army community.“

“Thank you for what you do, every day, for our band of brothers and sisters, and remember to think safety always.” Eyer said. 

 

A new Safety Factor module will be released at the beginning of each quarter through fiscal year 2011, so visit the BOSS website often to see what’s new, at boss.armymwr.com.

 

Category: News, Safety, Single Soldiers

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