I took a couple of days of summer vacation to recharge, and I hope many of you had the opportunity to do the same. Now as promised, I am continuing from last week’s entry on my recent travels.
While I was at Fort Bliss, Texas, I had the opportunity to spend a week at the U.S. Army Sergeants Major Academy and attend the Sergeant Major of the Army’s Senior Enlisted Leader Development and Training Conference. In this week’s blog, I would like to focus on my time at USASMA.
Soldiers may not realize the changes, stemming from the NCO 2020 Strategy, that I share on the blog and at the town halls effect all levels of professional military education. There has been a lot of discussion about the writing program and assessments that we are working into the curriculum for all noncommissioned officers. Some NCO academies have also begun writing programs that lead to some sort of a writing competition. I would like to share the work going on at USASMA as an example of this effort.
Over the past year, USASMA has established a holistic program to broaden senior NCOs’ ability to convey thought and ideas through writing, with a goal of developing more than just an understanding of Army Regulation 25-50, Managing Military Correspondence. I was completely blown away with the writing award winners’ work, and I asked them if I could post it on the blog as an example of what we want to develop throughout all of levels of PME.
I hope you are just as impressed as I was reading these essays. Improving the written and oral communication skills of our NCOs is one of the tenants of NCO 2020.
In next week’s blog, I will give you an update on how we are improving structured self-development and developing the common core subjects that will be addressed in all levels of PME.