Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers Program
Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers (BOSS) is a program that supports the overall quality of life for single soldier and unaccompanied soldiers. The BOSS Program supports the chain of command by identifying quality of life (QOL) issues and concerns and by providing recommendations for QOL improvement. The BOSS program encourages and assists single soldiers in identifying and planning for recreational and leisure activities. It provides the opportunity for single soldiers to participate in their respective communities. The BOSS Program is separate and distinct from the major Army command (MACOM) Single Soldiers Initiatives program or any similar program in that the BOSS Program provides an avenue for single soldiers to surface issues and take part in activities but does not set policies or other guidance on issues. The BOSS Program is intended to enhance command authority, prerogative and responsibility in maintaining standards of conduct, good order, and discipline, not to dilute.
1989, the U.S. Army Community and Family Support Center (USACFSC) and MACOMs
were tasked to develop a program to get single soldiers involved in determining
their recreation and leisure needs. Implementation
of the BOSS Program began with single soldiers ‘ focus groups.
In early workshops, QOL issues emerged along with recreation and leisure
needs and were presented to the local command as part of the workshop out-brief.
In 1991, the Chief of Staff U.S. Army formally expanded the BOSS Program
to include all areas of single soldiers’ lives. This change provided single soldiers with the opportunity to
surface quality of life issues through the chain of command.
During the evolution of the program, single soldiers indicated a desire
to participate in activities related to community support: this interest was
adopted as another component of the program.
At the 1995 Army-Wide BOSS Conference attendees identified the lack of
BOSS guidelines and program standardization as one of the top five quality of
life issues for single soldiers.
FOUNDATION OF THE PROGRAM
philosophical foundation of the BOSS Program is based on the entitlement of
single soldiers to surface issues and recommend policy changes that will enhance
their overall quality of life, to participate in recreation and leisure
activities of their choice, and to contribute to and participate in their local
communities. This program provides
and opportunity to assist in the development of single soldiers and leaders.
Quality of Life… For single soldiers, QOL includes those things that soldiers can directly or indirectly influence to enhance their morale, living environment, or personal growth and development. The QOL issue identified or raided during the BOSS meetings will be directed to the appropriated command or staff agency for resolution on the installation.
Recreation and Leisure Activities…Activities may be planned by the BOSS committee or by the BOSS committee working in conjunction with other MWR activities. Soldiers will assume a lead role in planning BOSS events. Events should be planned that meet the needs and desires of the single soldiers.
Community Service… The BOSS committee may elect to participate in community programs or projects that make a difference in the lives of others, in the community, and ultimately, in themselves. The service will be voluntary in nature and in accordance with the installation volunteer programs or programs developed by the BOSS committee.
Unit 23476, Box 18, APO AE 09034
DSN: 485-8251, Cell: 01622708384