Army Taking Close Look at Talent Management Policies

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Army Taking Close Look at Talent Management Policies

The Army’s top personnel leaders are stepping up efforts to identify and break down barriers to career advancement as the service continues to prioritize diversity, equity and inclusion in the ranks.

Lt. Gen. Gary Brito, deputy Army chief of staff for personnel, said he sees this moment of change in the country and the Army as a “dry-erase board opportunity, a clean slate to look very closely at all of our talent management policies, processes and practices in place now and apply them to a rich, diverse talent, which we’re competing for across the Army.”

Personnel Leaders Discuss Army Diversity, Race

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Personnel Leaders Discuss Army Diversity, Race

The Army’s top personnel leaders will discuss racial issues and diversity in the force during an event hosted by the Association of the U.S. Army.

The discussion, part of The AUSA Noon Report webinar series, begins at noon Eastern Sept. 16. The event is free, but registration is required here.

Army On Track to Exceed Recruiting Goals

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Army On Track to Exceed Recruiting Goals

The Army expects to exceed its recruiting goal this year, according to a senior Army leader, who said the overage in new contracts is cost-efficient and “better for young adults” who will be more likely to get the job they want when they want it.

“Things are looking real good this year; we anticipate we will have more folks than we will need,” Casey Wardynski, assistant secretary of the Army for manpower and reserve affairs, said Feb. 19 during a media roundtable at the Pentagon on Army recruiting initiatives.

DoD Should Do More to Retain Military Doctors

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DoD Should Do More to Retain Military Doctors

Despite spending millions on recruiting, educating and training almost 15,000 active-duty physicians and dentists every year, the Defense Department continues to face challenges retaining personnel in some key specialties, partly because of pay, according to a new report.

Talent Management Efforts Gaining Traction

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Talent Management Efforts Gaining Traction

For the first time in decades, the Army has a personnel strategy “that places an emphasis on placing people as a priority,” the senior enlisted soldier in the Army’s personnel directorate said.

“In my 30 years in the Army, I don't think we’ve ever had that before,” said Sgt. Maj. Wardell Jefferson, the Army G-1 sergeant major. “There is an emphasis being placed on this type of talent management from the top all the way down to the bottom.”

GAO: Army Cyber Warfare Units Understaffed

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GAO: Army Cyber Warfare Units Understaffed

In the race to create new cyber and electronic warfare units for multidomain operations, the Army has not fully assessed the risk involved with creating some of those units at an accelerated pace, according to a recent report by the Government Accountability Office.

Army Expands Command Sponsorship Program

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Army Expands Command Sponsorship Program

Carrying through with a promise made earlier this year, the Total Army Sponsorship Program is expanding for relocating soldiers, civilians and accompanying families.

Under the new rules, the receiving unit must assign sponsors to assist enlisted soldiers who are E-6 and below, those who are chief warrant officer 2 and below, and officers who are O-3 and below. First-term soldiers are required to accept a command sponsor, but other soldiers may decline if they wish.

Bonuses Might Be Paid to Join Space Force

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Bonuses Might Be Paid to Join Space Force

The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office estimates the proposed U.S. Space Force would have 28,300 to 30,700 positions, with about 23,000 of the military and civilian personnel transferred from the existing military services to the new branch of the armed forces.

The one-time startup cost of the new military department would be as much as $3.2 billion, mostly for office facilities.

Location Tracking the Army Doesn’t Like

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Location Tracking the Army Doesn’t Like

A new Defense Department policy bans the use of geolocating features on government and personal devices in operational areas.

While some details will be determined by local commanders, the policy announced Aug. 3 has potentially wide implications, involving phones, fitness trackers and other computer applications that track location, store the information and can potentially be shared with others.

Army Has Dim View of Extremist Groups

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Army Has Dim View of Extremist Groups

Recent events in Charlottesville serve as a reminder that participation by soldiers in extremist organizations is considered inconsistent with military service.