Applying to All Army sports and possibly a chance of a lifetime just got easier.
Now required, the new online application is a Web-based information system that allows Soldiers to apply for any of the more than 20 All Army sports programs. It replaces the labor-intensive and inefficient method of faxing and mailing applications, said Robert Bigelow, U.S. Army Garrison Kaiserslautern Sports and Fitness Office chief.
“Faxes don’t always make good copies,” he said. “It (the old system) created a lot of problems for Soldiers and for us (sports offices).”
Bigelow added that the Department of Army Sports Office created this easier process to attract more Soldiers to All Army sports.
***image1***“This could be a once in a lifetime opportunity for our Soldiers. Commanders need to know that,” said Bigelow. “From All Army, these Soldiers could go forward and represent the U.S. in the Olympics.”
In the five years he has been the garrison’s sports chief, Bigelow said there have been a number of Soldiers from the KMC who have garnered spots on All Army teams, going as far as the Conseil International du Sport Militaire, a 127-member nation federation, which hosts annual continental and regional sporting events, from aeronautical pentathlon to wrestling.
The latest All Army athlete from the KMC is Spc. Larry Bailey, 21st Theater Support Command Headquarters, Headquarters Company help desk automation computer specialist. He made the final cut for the 2005 All Army Basketball Team as a shooting guard.
“I love to play basketball,” said Bailey. “It’s great to travel around playing basketball.”
Preparing for the 2006 season, Bailey read the procedures for the new online system and what thrilled him was the elimination of “tracking” time.
“My unit is so hectic, and my commander is everywhere so tracking him down to get his signature was the hardest part (of the application),” said Bailey. “It (applying) will be a lot easier now.”
When Soldiers click “submit,” their applications immediately go to their commanders, who will also receive an e-mail letting them know they have a document concerning one of their Soldiers applying for All Army.
Commanders then log onto the Army online application Web site and click on “approvals” where they can review and approve or disapprove their Soldiers’ applications. For a direct link to the All Army application process, Soldiers can go to https://armysports.cfsc.army.mil. For more details, call the USAGK Sports and Fitness Office at 493-2088.