Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers BOSS
- Components of BOSS
- Quality of Life/Well Being: This includes issues that influence the morale, living environment or growth and development of Soldiers. Examples include problems in living quarters, parking, PX/commissary issues and concerns about utilities, such as telephone or cable service.
- Community Service: Activities are planned with on- and off-post agencies. Many programs ask us to provide volunteer support for their projects, which have proven to be worthwhile for everyone involved. Soldiers acknowledge that volunteering makes a noticeable difference in their lives and the lives of others. All community service projects provide the opportunity to increase awareness about the BOSS program while demonstrating the outstanding character of BOSS Soldiers.
- Recreation and Leisure: Ideas for trips and events are planned and supported by BOSS Soldiers and coordinated through the BOSS advisor and president. They must receive military and civilian chain of command approval. Money raised through BOSS fundraisers often pays for a portion of expenses associated with activities.
- What does BOSS do?
Every Army installation is authorized a BOSS program, with a president, representatives from each major subordinate command, a senior military advisor (usually the post or garrison Sergeant Major) and and advisor from MWR, who assists with financial planning, marketing and guidance.
- Who can participate in BOSS?
At Fort Benning, BOSS is open to all MWR patrons 18 and older.
- What happens to the issues raised by BOSS?
Issues raised at company level are first handled at company level. If it cannot be resolved, it is brought to the BOSS installation meeting. If the Military advisor sees merit in the issue, he or she will forward it to the Garrison Commander, who will determine if the issue should be elevated to the Commanding General or the Major Army Command.
- What's the Soldier's role in BOSS?
Without Soldiers, there is no BOSS program. Every company, battalion, regiment and brigade will have a primary and alternate representative on orders for this additional duty. This Soldier should be highly motivated with leadership potential and a willingness to work for his or her fellow Soldiers. In addition, every company in each major subordinate command group, will have a primary and alternate company representative. Representatives act as liaisons, passing information to the Soldier and relaying questions, comments and concerns from the Soldier to BOSS committee members and the chain of command.
Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers was founded in 1989 for the more than half of all US Soldiers who are single. The program welcomes all Soldiers, all ranks and ages, as well as authorized MWR patrons, including civilians.
Members participate in a number of exciting activities. They also enjoy various discounts and free passes to shows and sporting events. BOSS members are well-respected in the community – on post and off – for the many hours they devote to volunteering.