Brito Cites Progress in Diversity, Inclusion Efforts

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Brito Cites Progress in Diversity, Inclusion Efforts

The Army is making progress on its efforts to increase diversity, equity and inclusion in the ranks, a senior Army leader said recently.

In written testimony for the Senate Armed Services subcommittee on personnel, Lt. Gen. Gary Brito, deputy Army chief of staff for personnel, said the Army is focused on its strategy of placing people first, with a “mission and vision to acquire, develop, employ and retain the diversity of soldier and civilian talent needed to achieve Total Army readiness.”

Army Adjusts to Meet Recruiting Challenges

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Army Adjusts to Meet Recruiting Challenges

As the pool of eligible recruits continues to shrink, the Army is working to improve its recruiting strategy by focusing on untapped segments of the population and enhancing its marketing efforts, the service’s top personnel chief said.

Brito: Army Works to Refine, Improve Talent Management

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Brito: Army Works to Refine, Improve Talent Management

The Army continues to refine and build its talent management system so it can recruit and retain the best, the service’s top personnel officer said.

Testifying before the House Armed Services personnel subcommittee, Lt. Gen. Gary Brito, Army deputy chief of staff for personnel, stressed that the Army will continue to prioritize its people.

Brito: ‘People First’ Doesn’t Mean Going Soft

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Brito: ‘People First’ Doesn’t Mean Going Soft

Lt. Gen. Gary Brito, the Army deputy chief of staff for personnel, said having a people-friendly force that gives soldiers occasional time off isn’t a bad thing.

Speaking Dec. 7 at an Association of the U.S. Army Hot Topic focused on medical care, the Army G-1 said recruiting and retaining a volunteer Army and making certain the force is ready for combat requires keep soldiers’ lives in mind.

“Don’t confuse taking care of our people, whether through medical issues or other efforts, with being soft,” Brito said. 

Army Leaders Want More Focus on Suicide Prevention

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Army Leaders Want More Focus on Suicide Prevention

Army Secretary Christine Wormuth says efforts are underway to tackle issues that might cause a service member to consider suicide, citing behavioral health and financial issues and relationship problems as possible causes.  

New DoD Health Guidance Relaxes Mask Requirements

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New DoD Health Guidance Relaxes Mask Requirements

Fully vaccinated service members and civilian employees no longer need to mask up on military installations, but all personnel are still encouraged to maintain social distancing and other hygiene measures, according to the latest guidance from the Pentagon.

Local commanders and supervisors can establish stricter guidelines for wearing masks and may require them as necessary to ensure a safe workplace, respect host nation or local guidelines or ensure mission accomplishment, according to a June memo.

DoD Extends ID Card Renewal Deadlines

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DoD Extends ID Card Renewal Deadlines

Army National Guard and Army Reserve soldiers, military families and retirees now have more time to renew their military identification cards, the Pentagon announced.

The extensions, announced June 7, affect those with Uniformed Services Identification Cards that expire between Jan. 1, 2020, and July 31, 2021. The goal is to allow DoD personnel and beneficiaries to maintain access to health care and other benefits while ID card sites continue to deal with COVID-19 restrictions. 

The new deadlines are: