#GivingTuesday – December 1, 2015
Black Friday. Cyber Monday. Giving Tuesday.
#GivingTuesday is an international day of giving. Everyone, anywhere, can participate! The St. Louis Military Officer Support Foundation (SLMOSF) asks for your support December 1 to help train the U.S. military leaders of today and tomorrow.
We currently have several SLMOSF trainees deployed in the Middle East. Please show them your support and give generously. Click here to donate.
The St. Louis Military Officer Support Foundation (SLMOSF) is an all-volunteer organization that provides leadership, fitness, weapons, combatives, medical, water confidence, land navigation and tactical training without cost to those from the Greater Saint Louis area that have been accepted to, attend or serve as an active duty commissioned officer through a United States military academy (United States Military Academy-West Point, United States Naval Academy, United States Air Force Academy and United States Coast Guard Academy), R.O.T.C. or Officer Candidate School. We also provide this training to select enlisted personnel with a combat or lifesaving military occupational specialty (MOS). In 2014, we began offering our program to law enforcement departments and currently assist local tactical operations units with advanced training.
Military programs, courses and qualifications are highly competitive. The moment a young man or woman decides to pursue a career in the Armed Forces, they are instantly judged against their peers. Each year, our sphere of influence expands dramatically. Thanks to the support of St. Louisans, we expanded our training to include basic combatives, water confidence and force on force tactical simulation via paint markers. Nearly 50 local high school seniors train with SLMOSF each year prior to their entry into a military officer program. Each commissioned officer has the responsibility to pass the training along to fellow leaders and those under their command. As a result, the impact SLMOSF has becomes impossible to estimate and reaches to U.S. military installations across the globe. Our facility provides law enforcement with several live fire ranges including a clearing house and 1200 yard sniper lane. We also provide low/no light training via an abandoned mine.
The curriculum available to the trainees at no cost includes leadership, fitness, medical, water confidence, weapons, land navigation and tactical training. These officers and enlisted personnel serve or have served in every branch of the military, including Special Operations units such as the 75th Ranger Regiment, Special Forces and SEALs. Other highlights of our trainees include the following:
West Point named Cadet Captain Winston Boldt and SLMOSF alumni the Deputy Brigade Commander for 2015. He is the First Captain’s principal assistant in exercising the responsibility to the Commandant for the overall performance of the Corps of Cadets.
In 2010, 1,400 New Cadet Candidates entered West Point’s “Beast Barracks” entry training program. Six weeks later, SLMOSF trainees placed first, second and third out of the entire class.
SLMOSF prepares 40-50 men and women annually from the Greater St. Louis area with critical training that will help prepare them for highly competitive military careers. Recent cuts in spending and support of the U.S. military and their training have left our servicemen and women at risk while carrying out their missions. SLMOSF helps fill that gap so our troops are optimally prepared to defend our nation.
SLMOSF is an investment in our region and our nation. Our first trainee and the inspiration behind SLMOSF has finished his highly decorated service to his country, returned to St. Louis, earned a MBA through Washington University and launched a veteran-owned business, thereby continuing his record of leadership.