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BOSS (Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers)

The Better Opportunities for Single Service Members (BOSS) program represents the voice of the single service member. If you're a single Service member, BOSS members advocate for you by advancing quality of life issues on the installation, and in the barracks, to senior leaders on post and throughout the Army.  "Let Your Voice Be Heard"

 

Fort Sill BOSS Facebook Group

 

BOSS Monthly Meetings - 3rd Wednesday of each month at 1700 hours at the BOSS House (Bldg. 3709, Walker St. & Currie Rd) behind the Garcia DFAC. This meeting is open to all Single Soldiers.

 

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Click here to download a pdf version of the BOSS Calendar.

 

BOSS Mission

Mission Statement:

  • To support the overall quality of life (QOL) for single and unaccompanied Soldiers
  • Encourages and assists Soldiers in identifying, planning, organizing and conducting leisure and recreational activities of their preference
  • Provides an opportunity for Soldiers to participate in and contribute to local communities
  • Identifies issues and provides mechanism to recommend improvements through Chain of Command

 

  • To support the overall quality of life (QOL) for single and unaccompanied Soldiers
  • Encourages and assists Soldiers in identifying, planning, organizing and conducting leisure and recreational activities of their preference
  • Provides an opportunity for Soldiers to participate in and contribute to local communities
  • Identifies issues and provides mechanism to recommend improvements through Chain of Command

 

 

The Three Pillars of BOSS

I. Leisure and Recreation

This pillar focuses on meeting Soldiers’ leisure and recreational needs. As such, suggestions and ideas are solicited from the single Soldiers' representatives of Fort Drum at our monthly meetings. These events are coordinated with BOSS, the Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Outdoor Recreation, and many outside organizations. Leisure and Recreational activities are designed to provide alternative, opportunities on/ off post for Soldiers to get out of the barracks.

II. Community Service

BOSS helps to promote Soldiers' participation in many community service activities at Fort Drum and in the surrounding communities. It provides a Soldier the chance to meet new people and grow as individuals. Soldiers are exposed to new people, ideas and learn new skills. Volunteering is good as it gives Soldiers a sense of involvement and achievement, beyond their day to day activities.

III. Quality of Life

This third pillar of BOSS targets enhancing single Soldiers’ morale, living environment, and personal growth and development. Depending on the issue at hand, it will be handled by the Soldiers’ chain of command. However, the yearly Fort Drum BOSS Conference has developed sessions where Soldier issues can be brought forward and solved. The Army Family Action Plan (AFAP) plays an important role in the betterment of the quality of life for Army personnel. Issues and ideas are always accepted and reviewed through the Army Community Service AFAP program. To submit an issue fill out DA Form 7380 and turn in to one of the BOSS facilities.

BOSS Upcoming Events

Contact the BOSS Office or your Unit Representative. Also, check the BOSS Bulletin Board  for information on upcoming events.

 

 

BOSS Volunteers

Want to get involved in the community and don't know how? Join BOSS on one of our many volunteer outings or opportunities.

Examples of program participation:

  • Fundraisers
  • Event setup and breakdown
  • Event station support
  • Community projects

Garrison BOSS programs are managed by a Senior Enlisted Advisor, MWR Advisor and BOSS President. BOSS serves the Single Service member Community - active, guard and reserve - and single parents, geographical bachelors, all US Military Service Branches and Foreign Service Members assigned to the Installation.

BOSS membership and the program's available leadership and project management roles enhance your promotion packets. Learn more about BOSS and how to become a member.

Helpful Resources and Document Access

BOSS Books

BOSS Cover Page

BOSS Desk REF

BOSS Hours

BOSS SOP (DA Cir. 608-06-1)

Garrison BOSS Representatives

1-19 Valdez BOSS

1-79 Battalion BOSS

434 BDE BOSS Memo

Appointment Orders BOSS Garrison

Appointment Orders BOSS

Post BOSS Representatives

BOSS Secretary

BOSS Treasurer

BOSS Single Soldier Roster

Volunteer Agreement Form

Volunteer Daily Time Record

Fort Sill Run Series 2022-2023

 

BOSS Frequently Asked Questions

1. Who can participate in BOSS events? 

Any single or unaccompanied Service Member. The single or unaccompanied Service Member category includes single Service Members, Unaccompanied Soldiers, and Single Parents. 

2. How can I sign up for an event? 

Registration instructions are always listed at the bottom of the BOSS event advertisements. Contact your unit BOSS Representative or the BOSS President at the Fort Sill BOSS office for additional registration guidance. 

3. How can I sign up to volunteer? 

We recommend you register directly with Army OneSource’s Volunteer Management Information System (VMIS), the Army’s volunteer hour tracking system managed through Army Community Service (ACS). By registering with VMIS, volunteers are able to manage their own volunteer hours and approved hours will be recognized throughout your Army career as officially completed hours. Contact ACS, your unit BOSS representative or the BOSS President at the Fort Sill BOSS office for a VMIS registration instruction packet. 

4. How can I become a BOSS representative? 

BOSS representatives are the voice of the single service member. BOSS reps are expected to attend meetings, volunteer at least once a month, and be dedicated to the BOSS mission of representing single Service Members. To become a BOSS representative, interested candidates must complete a Representative Appointment Memo and have it signed by their Commander. Contact the Fort Sill BOSS President to request the BOSS Representative Appointment Memo. Please know that all are welcome to attend BOSS meetings and functions even if they are not an official BOSS Rep. 

5. Can I get credit for my BOSS volunteer service? 

Yes, you can! Logged and approved volunteer hours will be recognized throughout your military career as officially completed hours. Approved hours can also count towards your Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal (MOVSM), President Volunteer Service Award or a Certificate of Appreciation. 

6. Who can attend BOSS meetings? 

Anyone who wishes to attend a BOSS meeting is always welcome. 

7. How can I find out who is the BOSS program manager at my installation? 

Contact your local BOSS office, MWR website, speak with your unit BOSS reps, ask leadership for information or go to the top of this page, locate the "Email Us" button and submit an inquiry requesting your current installation's POC. 

8. What kind of activities and events are offered through BOSS? 

BOSS has many events ranging from Recreation and Leisure, Community Service as well as Life skills activities. These events change on a monthly basis so you will need to get involved with BOSS to get an updated listing of events. 

9. How do I become a part of BOSS? 

Contact BOSS by reaching out to your unit BOSS Representative or the Fort Sill BOSS President. BOSS contact info can also be found on your units BOSS Board. 

10. Where are BOSS meetings held? 

Meetings are held on the last Friday of every month at 3 p.m. held in the Bldg 3709 Walker Street (Behind the Garcia DFAC). Open to BOSS representatives and single soldiers.

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Congratulations BOSS Fort Sill program...recognized for outstanding volunteerism for the 40 BOSS soldiers who assisted with the City of Lawton's Freedom Festival.

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