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U.S. Army 2012 Drill Sergeant of the Year competition

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Published on Jun 29, 2012

Six of the U.S. Army's top drill sergeants competed during a week-long competition June 24 to 28, 2012 at Fort Eustis, Va. for the coveted title of Drill Sergeant of the Year. The DSOYs were announced at a ceremony June 29, 2012. The U.S. Army selected Staff Sgt. Jeffrey Heilman, representing Fort Jackson, S.C., as the 2012 active duty U.S. Army Drill Sergeant of the Year; and Staff Sgt. Jarod Moss, representing the 95th Reserve Division as the 2012 Army Reserve Drill Sergeant of the Year.

The competition, hosted by Initial Military Training, U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command, tested the drill sergeants' knowledge of Warrior Tasks and Battle Drills and their ability to teach these tasks to new Soldiers. The selection process concluded with each drill sergeant appearing before a board of command sergeants major to evaluate their knowledge of leadership and drill sergeant training tasks.

Drill sergeants are the cornerstone of Army readiness, entrusted with the task of preparing new Soldiers to fight and win our nation's wars. The skill of producing quality Soldiers demands that only the Army's best and brightest can serve as drill sergeants. Approximately 2,000 drill sergeants train 160,000 new Soldiers each year.

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