To best prepare our NCO Corps for the challenges of an uncertain future, we must fundamentally change and evolved the Noncommissioned Officer Education System into a comprehensive leader development system that links training, education and experiences spanning the operational, institutional, and self-development learning domains.
For the past several weeks, I have been sharing thoughts and ideas on the initiatives for improving our Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development System, or NCOPDS. This strategy provides the direction for that change. As you read through the document, you will find that we have identified key tasks and aligned them under three lines of effort – development, talent management, and stewardship of the profession.
“The NCO 2020 strategy represents an analytical, data driven process for evolving the Noncommissioned Officer Education System, or NCOES, of today into the NCOPDS of the future.” I want to assure everyone that this document was not prepared by just throwing solutions against a wall to see if they stick. It was developed by using over ten different sources such as studies, surveys, and direct input from Soldiers that participated in various forums and workshops.
This holistic approach to addressing NCOPDS through the three lines of effort will produce the next generation of competent professionals who are committed to making the backbone of our Army even stronger.
I ask over the holidays that you take a moment to read the NCO 2020 strategy and share with me your thoughts on the direction that is outlined within the document.
Speaking of the holidays, I would like to wish everyone a joyous time as you celebrate with your family and friends. Take the opportunity to focus on them so you can start the New Year recharged and ready to go.
I want you to also remember that we have Soldiers that will be away from their families this season. Whether it’s a Soldier on a unit deployment or a WIAS tasker, take a moment to remember their families during their loved one’s absence.
Each and every one of you matter to the TRADOC team, so relax and have fun over the holidays. But I want each of you to be safe so that you can help us with the development of NCOPDS following the holiday season.
Victory Starts Here!
– CSM D