Think of this week’s blog entry as a “preview of coming attractions,” because starting October 9, we’re going to be announcing some big Army-wide initiatives impacting Soldiers.
We’ll be making these announcements during the Association of the U.S. Army annual meeting in Washington, D.C., so stay tuned on our social media platforms for the latest information.
Some of that big news will impact the Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development System, and that’s what I’m going to preview for you here.
I called in all of the proponent sergeants major and the centers of excellence command sergeants major this past week to Camp Jackson, Louisiana, which is the headquarters of the Louisiana National Guard. The discussion centered on the review of the NCOPDS we did as part of the NCO 2020 Strategy.
In that strategy, Gen. David Perkins, commander, U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command, and I articulated that in order to meet the challenges of an uncertain future, we needed to fundamentally change and evolve the NCOPDS into a comprehensive leader development system that links training, education and experiences spanning the operational, institutional and self-development learning domains.
Although we’ve made tremendous strides in reducing the NCOPDS backlog and using the One Army School System to do it, we feel there’s still plenty of room for improvement in the institutional domain.
For example, in some of our NCOPDS courses, we’ve allowed the development of technical and tactical skills to outweigh – and in many cases, squeeze out – the one skill we hoped to see flourish in the institutional domain… leadership.
That is about the change dramatically.
Also, our Soldiers have said they despise the Structured Self-Development courses for a number of reasons, ranging from their applicability to the real world of soldiering to how easy it can be to “game” the system. Soldiers have asked for a course that will make them more effective leaders in this profession of arms.
We think we have the answer.
Everything you think you know about NCOPDS is about to change for the better. I can’t wait for you to find out!
Again, think of this as the trailer for a movie that will be opening next week. Keep one eye on the TRADOC Facebook page Oct. 9-11, to see live streams from the NCO Panels and find out where we’re heading with the NCOPDS.
Victory Starts Here!