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The Welcome Letter on the SMTC milSuite

Course Welcome Letters and Supporting Documents on the SMTC milSuite

A student that is enrolled in an SMTC course in the Army Trainng Requirements and Resources System (ATTRS), will receive a welcome letter through email approximately 30 days prior to the start date for a course. Your email address comes from the ATTRS system, so make sure that your email in ATTRS is your most up to date email to eliminate any delay in correspondence from SMTC.  The SMTC has several courses, groups, and programs that are conducted on site and through Mobile Training Teams (MTTs) throughout a year. When you get your email, make note of your class name and course number before going into the SMTC milSuite page.  For example:  SQI4 19-004, 79T SLC 19-006, URN 19-301, etc…  Go to the SMTC milSuite Page, find your course number, and click on the link.

Once you are in your course on milSuite, before going to the welcome letter, mark that you will be attending the event.  By marking that you will attend, first, SMTC knows that you have received your information and are moving forward in preparing to attend your course.  Second, if you click on any name in the list, you are able to connect with peers and can email questions etc.   In the right hand column of the page, you will notice the word “Follow” in blue.  If you click on that you will begin following the page which will add it to your list of groups.  However, if you also check “inbox” when it pops up, you will receive an email anytime that there is an update to the course information in the SMTC milSuite group.

Once those steps are complete, click “Here” in the description that says ‘click here for welcome letter’.  All the information needed for attending your course is addressed in the welcome letter.  This goes without saying, but you need to read all of the welcome letter.  It is tempting to start clicking on links to areas where you have questions or interest, but our recommendation is to read the whole letter, and then systematically work through each attachment so you know where it is when you need it throughout your preparation period.

For example, you will likely need to refer back to the information for your packing list.  Also, if you are having issues with only getting one question on your quizzes in Black Board, you will want to refer to the Internet Explorer help listed in the welcome letter.  The welcome letter is full of guidance and publications that will aid and support you as you prepare for your course.

Finally,  you are not able to register for closed courses, however, if you go to the list under courses, you will see a list of information, publications, and courses that fall under your specific course.  If you do go into an old course, you can view the list of Soldiers who attended the course.  If you look for the name of someone from your state, you can email them and get assistance in preparing for attending your course.

We look forward to seeing you at SMTC.  Safe travels.

Featured milSuite Monday Group: The Recruiting Operations Branch

The ARNG-HRR Recruiting Operations Branch Group on milSuite

Why should a recruiter follow the Recruiting Operations Branch Group?

Each state, recruiting center, and recruiter comes across circumstances in their daily interactions that do not align with policy exactly as it is written.  This leads to questions and interpretations that may or may not get answered or interpreted exactly as it was intended.  However, the daily crunch and need for quick answers causes a dilemma when deciding whether you should just go for it and hope you are correct or waiting for a response.  The Recruiting Operations Branch (ROB) can answer your questions through the discussion area of their milSuite Group:

The Recruiting Operations Branch also monitors emails, social media, calls, conversations, and the overall pulse of the force when a new policy is published to see what questions recruiters have or areas of the policy that may need clarified.  They take this information and make small changes that do not meet the requirements of a full rewrite, and post information that answer reoccurring questions that are coming from the field.  The following are examples of information posted in the ROB group the past week:

1. Applicants who apply for enlistment into an MOS that requires a driver’s license must meet certain requirements or may be returned to their State.

2. When requesting a DD Form 368 for Navy applicants, the POC has been updated to 1-800-535-2699.

3. NGB Form 900 (High School Verification) does not require a school seal. The MRD is calculated by the MEPS GC.
a. The MRD calculator is available here

4. Use of the Split Training Option for CIHSJR LPR applicants is currently suspended as of 14 March 2019.

5. NGB Form may be used for all conduct waivers in lieu of NGB Form 22-3.
a. NGB and HRR Forms are available here

6. SMOM 19-015 has been published, related to IET Training Seat Management. SMOM 18-052 has been rescinded.

Do not miss a single update.  The Recruiting Operations Branch milSuite group’s Overview page will send you notifications each time a change is added if you follow them and check inbox, you will receive an email with each update.

Visit the Recruiting Operations Branch document page.

Visit the Recruiting Operations Branch discussion page to read the responses to questions or to participate in an open discussion.

Email Updates from milSuite

Receive Email Updates from milSuite

You have the option to receive email updates from any and all milSuite groups that you follow. If you know that you will be a student in an SMTC course, and you have SMTC milSuite email updates, you will be notified the minute that your welcome letter is added to The SMTC milSuite page. The welcome letter guides you through the process of registering for Black Board and Share Point and provides valuable information about your course. The course documentation that accompanies each of our courses is available on milSuite at any time by clicking on the course you will be attending and navigating to the “Documents” tab at the top of the page. These documents include instructions, checklist, packing list, The SMTC Student Guide, general information, and information on the Professional Education Center (PEC) here in Little Rock.

Would you like to know when the ARNG-HRR Strength Maintenance Doctrine and Publication Cell adds a new publication? Once again, with just a couple clicks, you will be notified by email the instant that an addition or change has been made within the Doctrine and Publication Cell group on milSuite.

Three Easy Steps

It only takes three easy steps to begin email notification in a milSuite group:

Step One: Search and find the milSuite group that you would like to follow.
Step two: Click on the “Follow” Button at the top right-hand side of the page.
Step Three: Put a “check mark” in the box before following if you want to follow the group. In order to get messages about updates, you ALSO need to put a “check mark” in the box before the word inbox.

That is all you need to do! You will now get messages in your mailbox anytime that there is an update in that group. If you decide that you no longer want emails, just uncheck the box in front of “inbox” and you will still be following the milSuite group, but you will no longer get the email updates.

Now you will be “in the know” before everyone else. You will get the information first!