DVIDS – Information – BOSS program supplies recreation, life expertise for Troopers

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FORT CARSON, Colo. – At many U.S. Army installations, individual Soldiers with the rank of Staff Sergeant are designated to remain in barracks. Some spend their weekends playing video games and never leave their room. Soldiers can participate in enriching events organized by the Better Opportunities for Singles Soldiers or BOSS program to combat this sedentary lifestyle and make life more ambitious and fulfilling.

BOSS is an Army-wide program designed to improve individual soldier morale and welfare, increase loyalty, and maintain combat readiness.

“The BOSS program is designed to support the overall quality of life of individual Soldiers and to help maintain and improve Soldier readiness,” said Gia Gillotte-Taylor, a Haxtun, Colorado native and Fort Carson BOSS Program Administrator. “This is done by offering a wide variety of events, activities and courses across all pillars of the programme.”

The four pillars of the BOSS program are recreation, community work, life skills and quality of life.

“The program aims to build character through various initiatives,” said Pvt. 1st Class Emil Smochina, a native of Chicago, Illinois and secretary of the Fort Carson BOSS program. “Through the voice of our soldiers, we are seamlessly changing the dynamics of how the army functions as a whole.”

In coordination with other facility programs such as the Outdoor Recreation Center or Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation, BOSS hosts several activities for Soldiers each month.

Recent Fort Carson BOSS events include community service activities such as volunteering at the local zoo or Habitat for Humanity, life skills classes in auto engineering, cooking, healthy relationships, and recreational activities such as Christmas parties and local sports games and snowboard trips.

“BOSS offers a wide variety of experience and support for Soldiers new to the Army or to the facility,” said Gillotte-Taylor. “The program helps get soldiers out of barracks and introduces them to new or returning activities and people.

Joshua Scott, a leader at the Fort Carson Outdoor Recreation Center, said he believes solidarity among soldiers is a key part of the Army’s success. The BOSS program plays an important role in building cohesive teams and friendships.

“Trusting your combat partner while engaging in an activity like ice climbing where your life is literally in their hands can change a person’s perspective on what friendship and camaraderie really is,” Scott said.

Gillotte-Taylor also believes the program supports single soldiers during difficult times and discourages harmful behavior.

“When I first joined the army, I wasn’t in the best of shape,” Scott said. “Getting outside, getting out and doing things with friends and having fun outdoors has been absolutely therapeutic for my mental health.”

Contact a brigade BOSS representative at your respective facility if you are interested in seeing the calendar of upcoming events and signing up for a fun time with future lifelong friends. Fort Carson Soldiers can also visit the Fort Carson Hub for more information.

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Date of recording: 03/29/2022
Release Date: 03/29/2022 12:27
Story ID: 417386
Location: FORT CARSON, CO, USA
Hometown: CHICAGO, IL, USA
Hometown: COLORADO SPRINGS, CO, USA
Hometown: FORT CARSON, CO, USA
Hometown: HAXTUN, CO, USA
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