FORT LEAVENWORTH, Kan. (Army News Service, Nov. 27, 2015) — The warrior code has differentiated Soldiers in armies throughout history from wanton murderers like those of the Islamic State, al Qaeda and terrorists involved in the recent Paris attacks, Dr. Shannon French said.
Archive for December, 2015
In January 2015, at the suggestion of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civilian Personnel, Ms. Gwendolyn DeFilippi, the Army Management Staff College partnered with the Civilian Senior Leader Management Office to stand up a program to engage Army Civilian Senior Executive Service (SES) leaders in the Army Civilian Education System. Referred to as the “SES Engagement Program,” a senior executive from across the Army Enterprise spends a full week with an Advanced Course class.
Upfront, I hope that everyone had a great Thanksgiving with friends and family.
GEN Perkins, our families and myself shared our holiday with Soldiers attending AIT here at Fort Eustis. Serving them food was fun, but sitting down with several of the young Soldiers to hear why they joined, what they thought about the training that they received, and thoughts about the future was the highlight for me.
Although it was a short work week here at TRADOC, we were still able to accomplish quite a bit. For the post this week I would like to share my insights on the recent NCO solarium conducted at Fort Leavenworth, and my visit to the Community College of the Air Force.
The NCO Solarium is an initiative by the Sergeant Major of Army to inform and shape the future direction of the Army. It gathered 84 sergeants first class and master sergeants, including first sergeants, to U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command’s Combined Arms Center at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas to identify issues that will have an impact on the Army into the foreseeable future and provide recommendations to the SMA.
The out brief I received on the NCO solarium confirmed that we are working on the right issues for the force including developing well-balanced leaders, trainer skills, and improving counseling/writing techniques.
With the establishment of the NCOPDS, we have begun working to ensure there’s a balance between tactical/technical abilities and leadership skills. We are also freeing up contact hours by removing mandatory training covered in organizations. I will tell you that I believe the Basic Leaders Course will be the first to be restructured to reflect many of the views of the NCOs in attendance at the solarium.
The common core consisting of seven topics will be progressive and sequential in each level of NCOPDS from the BLC all the way to the Executive Leaders Course. For example, in BLC you may be taught how to prepare for individual training; by the time you attend the ELC, you have received multiple modules on training and might build a training event in a Live-Virtual-Constructive environment.
Several of the posts on my blog have been about the work on NCOPDS, but that’s not all we are working on to improve our NCO Corps. In a few weeks, the Center for Army Leadership will begin an in-depth look at how to improve counseling to become more effective and consistent across our Army. The study will have four objectives – confirm the understanding of the problem, validate – develop- modify to enhance performance counseling, validate the counseling process, and user and receiver acceptance of the tools/process. I have seen two of the assessment tools and briefs on the plan to gather the data so that we can improve the development and performance of our Soldiers. As it was mentioned at the solarium, counseling is critical to identifying problem areas and developing plans of action to improve our Soldiers.
Finally, I had a great visit to Maxwell, AFB to see all the great work our sister service is doing to educate their Airmen. What really stood out to me was how the Army and Air Force are working on many of the same initiatives such as improving content, building upon instructor skills, and delivering content for distance learning. Based on my visit, I think that we can learn a lot from one another as we tackle preparing our Soldiers/Airmen for their missions. Next week, I plan to post about our version of the Community College of the Air Force with the establishment of ArmyU.
So there was my week before the holiday, and as always, I want to hear from you. Many of the ideas and comments on SSDs are being worked on because of your suggestions. As we get ready to begin the work on BLC content, I would like to hear from you what you think should be taught during that course.
Victory Starts Here!
– CSM D
The United States Military coined it. The Army’s Drill Sergeant Academy lives it. It is a motto that truly embodies the spirit of Soldiers, Airmen, Sailors and Marines working hand in hand with one another to accomplish a National Security mission in a global fight.
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