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Talent Management Experiment Underway in Alabama

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U.S. Army
Thursday, June 08, 2017

A pilot program aimed at putting the right soldier in the right job will wrap up this summer at Fort Rucker, Ala.

The test underway at the Aviation Captain’s Career Course is part of a larger talent management initiative that Lt. Gen. James C. McConville, deputy chief of staff for personnel, described as an important part of the Army’s future.

“Our goal is comprehensive visibility of all our people’s knowledge, skills, abilities and behaviors to best fit the right person in the right job at the right time,” said McConville, who has been nominated to become the Army’s next vice chief of staff. “To accomplish this, we must move from a personnel management system to a talent management system.”

The aviation captain pilot program tries to identify each junior captain’s talents through a battery of assessments, McConville said. This “will collectively provide them with individually tailored feedback on where their talents align with the requirements of the Army’s various career specialties.”

Each captain in the pilot program has been assigned a career counselor who helps them plot assignments and training.