FORT MCCOY, Wis. (WXOW) – Soldiers training in financial management operations make it so that soldiers defending the United States do not have to worry about getting paid.
Financial technician soldiers get their training at the only place that it is offered in the nation–Fort McCoy. They walk and run through battlefield scenarios where they’re distributing money to other soldiers with faux distractions like enemy fire.
“When we have been entrusted with public funds, we have to spend it accurately and timely,” Army Reserve Sgt. Maj. Paula Rouse said. “We should not incur other costs for the government and we need to make sure that those relationships with those vendors that we are working with continuously receive the funds that they do.”
Financial technicians also make sure that active military personnel gets the money they’re working for, so the last thing that’s on their mind is getting paid.
“It’s a very delicate situation,” Fourteen Finance Detachment Technician Sgt. Tanesh Orridge said. “Making sure that the soldiers are actually paid… They have to worry about their spouse or their children. Their family may be everything to them so it’s very much so we have to focus on that task of making sure that they actually are paid.”
The finance operation exercise gives them a chance to practice their craft, which Sgt. Orridge said is the only way to achieve their goals. “So this exercise is very important to us, as soldiers, so we know what we’re getting ourselves into when we get deployed. They say train as you fight, so that’s what we did today.”
Since this is the only finance training location, the military members come from a wide range of specialties including the following: active duty soldiers, the Army reserves and National Guard, Airmen, Marines and Department of Defense civilian employees.