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The Soldiers we have serving across our ranks, and throughout our great Army, deserve the best training and education possible, and the TRADOC team works hard every day to ensure that happens.
The Army also needs an NCO Corps that is prepared for the challenges of an uncertain future. To achieve that, we need to fundamentally change the NCO education system into a development system that links training, education and experiences across operational, institutional and self-development domains.
Led by TRADOC’s Institute of Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development, we call this new strategy, NCO 2020, and it is more than just some bumper sticker. It has real impacts to the future Army, and to the career of every enlisted Soldier.
Check out this article with some really great info. “7 changes to NCO Development.”
There will always be uncertainty and questions whenever major changes take place in large-scale organizations like the Army, but Soldiers need to know and understand what’s going on. Their voices and feedback have been an important part of everything we’ve done so far. We want to continue the dialogue, and share information. That’s why this town hall is such a great event.
Soldiers can join me and experts from INCOPD as we answer questions during the Town Hall.
I’m calling on all sergeants major, and other leaders across the Army, to help us reach as many Soldiers as possible.
Here’s couple of ways you and your units can participate:
1. Use the hashtag, #talk2TRADOC, to send us your comments and questions before the event. Even if you can’t participate live, your comments and questions are still critical for the discussion. Please send them in.
2. We also want to play some videos of Soldiers asking questions during the town hall. So get out your selfie sticks, and make sure you are representing your patch and unit. Post your video questions to social media using the #talk2TRADOC and tag TRADOC.
3. March 3, go to www.tradoc.army.mil/watch, at 5 p.m. EST to watch the live video feed. There will also be a discussion box for Soldiers to sign in to. Make sure you use your RANK/LAST NAME/UNIT. We will only answer questions from posters in that format.
4. Senior enlisted leaders can also organize troop calls at their locations to watch and participate in the discussion. These are great mentorship opportunities for 1st sergeants or sergeants major.
5. You can join in the discussion on social media too. We’ll have INCOPD experts answering questions in the discussions threads and on social media using #talk2TRADOC.
Thanks, and let me know if you have any questions!
Victory Starts Here!
– CSM D
FORT EUSTIS, Va. — With the new year came a number of changes in Army noncommissioned officer professional development, and NCOs can expect more changes coming soon, said Command Sgt. Maj. David S. Davenport Sr., U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command’s senior enlisted adviser.
Participants in the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command’s Intermediate Leader Development Program, completed a unique training opportunity highlighting Innovation in Government Jan. 11-14, in Arlington, Virginia. After a tour of the Pentagon, ILDP participants engaged in a roundtable discussion with Gwen Defilippi, director, Civilian Senior Leader Management Office, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army Manpower and Reserve Affairs, on current and emerging civilian professional development programs. Rickey Smith, TRADOC G-9, then followed with an overview of the National Commission on the Future of the Army, along with insights on strategic communication in the National Capital Region and beyond. The two presentations offered insights into career management and professional development based on projected Army structure and mission requirements.
ILDP participants then spent two days receiving training on “Driving Innovation” from the Partnership for Public Service, which is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization focused on improving the federal government. Presentations provided ILDP participants information about systematic processes to lead innovation initiatives, based on collaboration and out-of-the-box thinking.
ILDP is a centrally funded, two-year tailored program of education, training and experiential learning for mid-level (GS-11 to 13) employees, who want to assume greater responsibilities and advance in their careers. Through ILDP, participants develop the knowledge, skills and abilities required to broaden their leadership capabilities and competencies, while providing organizations with a pool of developing leaders. For more information about the program, email Stephanie Brown at email@example.com.
FORT LEAVENWORTH, Kan. (Army News Service, Jan. 20, 2016) — Warrant officers told Lt. Gen. Robert Brown, commander of the Combined Arms Center, and other senior leaders that within their ranks, professional military education, or PME, should be mandatory for promotions.
The venue was the first-ever, chief of staff of the Army-sponsored Warrant Officer Solarium, held at the Command and General Staff College, or CGSOC, Jan. 15.
Chief Warrant Officer 3 Jason Hopkins and some of his 84 colleagues suggested PME course attendance should be mandatory within the first 24 months time-in-grade. That period of time was a starting point for discussions.
Hopkins pointed out that PME is now a requirement for promotion within the noncommissioned officer, or NCO, ranks and the time has come for warrants to have it as well.
GETTING IN STEP
The acronym Select-Train-Educate-Promote, or STEP, describes that policy for NCOs, which went into effect Jan. 1, Hopkins noted.
STEP requires sergeants to complete the Basic Leader Course, staff sergeants to complete the Advanced Leader Course and sergeants first class to complete the Senior Leader Course. PME requirements for E-8 and E-9 were already in effect since 2008. If those requirements are not fulfilled, the NCO is not promoted.
Why extend something like STEP to warrants?
Chief Warrant Officer 2 Aaron Sargent said as leaders, warrants not only need to be technically skilled, they also need to be broadened with leader development courses like the Warrant Officer Advanced Course, Intermediate Level Education and Senior Service Education courses as they progress through the ranks.
Hopkins suggested that the PME requirement be published. He noted that the current verbiage in Army Regulation 350-1, “Army Training and Leader Development,” and Department of the Army Pamphlet 600-3, “Commissioned Officer Professional Development and Career Management System” should be changed from “should have” PME for warrants to “must have” PME. Warrant officers fall within the officer corps so PAM 600-3 is applicable.
REASONS FOR MISSING PME
Commanders can stop warrants from attending PME if they fail to meet certain prerequisites such as weight standards or failing the physical fitness test, Hopkins noted. Warrants under investigation can also be flagged.
Another category of non-attendees could be a warrant wanting to avoid taking the PME, he continued.
Then, there is a category where the fault for not attending PME lies with the command, he said. This is the category that needs to be addressed.
Why would a command prevent a warrant officer from attending PME?
There are two reasons, Hopkins said. The first is understandable. Operational requirements like a deployment to Afghanistan where the warrant’s skill is needed.
A second reason might be that the command doesn’t want to lose the warrant because his or her skill is deemed invaluable. While this is understandable to a certain extent, it stymies the warrant’s necessary leader development, he said.
Besides making PME a requirement, Hopkins suggested that oversight and the decision about whether or not to send a warrant to a PME course should be taken away from the command and given to the warrant’s Department of the Army branch proponent.
So for example, if the warrant is scheduled for an operational deployment, the branch proponency might create a PME waiver, with the stipulation that “you can take it away from us once, but… [then the branch] needs to put us in a secondary date.” Of course, that hinges on the branch having such control, which it currently doesn’t.
On a slightly different topic, Hopkins said he observed CW4s attending the Advanced Course, which is designed for CW2s and 3s. Warrants should be attending the appropriate PME for their grade level. Otherwise, it’s a waste of their time.
Chief Warrant Officer 3 Heath Stamm said commissioned officers don’t have a problem attending PME courses. They actually make permanent change of station moves, for say, six months, and belong to the CGSOC. The decision is not in the hands of the command since it’s a requirement.
“They put you in those gates because their year-group manager says ‘you will go to school here, here and here,'” he said. “And, if you come down on that CGSOC list and you’re in theater, they will pull you out of theater because you’re going to CGSOC and that school is not going to wait on you.”
Doing that PCS move would alleviate another problem, Stamm noted.
“For us, our command may say ‘I’m critical, I’m the guy you rely on. Someone needs to fill my role,'” he said. “If we do go to school, we’re telecommuting back to work. We’re getting on the computer, taking phone calls and emails, leaving class to talk to the commander on the phone. Officers don’t deal with that. It’s a huge distractor.”
Stamm said the warrants at this Solarium offered some solutions but didn’t have all the answers. “If you pull me for three months and the unit does fine without me, you’ve got to wonder if the unit really needs me.”
Brown weighed in, commenting that STEP has given the NCO corps a tremendous boost in readiness. He agreed that the time has come to prioritize PME for all Soldiers, including warrants.
“The reason we got away from it for so long is we were in two wars,” he added.
Editor’s note: This is the second in a series of three Warrant Officer Solarium articles.
Photo credit: Chief Warrant Officer 3 James Baker presents his team’s findings to Lt. Gen. Robert Brown, commander of the Combined Arms Center, during the first-ever Warrant Officer Solarium, held at the Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, Kan., Jan. 15, 2016. (U.S. Army photo by David Vergun)
I hope that everyone enjoyed this long weekend, and took the opportunity to reflect on the importance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s leadership and inspiration. Remember, by living by our Army Values, you are also embodying Dr. King’s ideals and legacy.
I am looking forward to what 2016 holds for each of us and our Army, and I’d like to thank SGM Bishop for posting about the One Army School System to the page last week.
Personally, 2016 has already taken off full speed for me. Over the past two weeks, I have conducted a couple of interviews with the NCO Journal and Soldier Radio, attended the All American Bowl, briefed all of TRADOC’s foreign liaison officers on NCO 2020, traveled to Fort Sill for a unit visit, and headed up to D.C. to meet with the sergeant major of the Army and update him on the gains we have made with NCO 2020 and our big plans for this year.
So this maybe a longer entry than usual to catch everyone up!
For those not aware, the U.S. Army All American Bowl features 90 of the best high school football players annually in an East-vs.-West match up in San Antonio’s Alamodome. Along with the football players, high school musicians from around the country are also selected to perform during the halftime show.
I had the opportunity to attend the game and some of its pre-game events.
This photo of me and two Soldiers from different generations puts TRADOC’s role and scope into perspective. We are studying the lessons learned from our past, while improving the current force and developing adaptive leaders who will lead the future force to win in a complex environment. Events like the All-American Bowl help remind me to appreciate the greatness of our Army, and thank you for being a part of the current force that will help us obtain our goals for the future.
Talking to foreign liaison officers about NCO 2020
Last week, I gave a briefing about the NCO 2020 strategy to a group of foreign liaison officers that was my most enjoyable yet. These officers represent many of our allied and partner countries, and they had really great questions. The officers were really interested in learning about why we need to improve our leader development system, how the two new NCO courses will improve the corps, and how STEP – Select, Train, Educate, Promote – is helping professional military education.
It was great to have this professional discussion to inform and learn from one another. So now many are aware of the many changes we are planning to strengthen the backbone of our Army, and they will be watching to see how we build upon our education, experiences, and core competencies.
Taking pride in our community
Just this past Saturday, I joined the Fort Eustis SGT Audie Murphy Club with cleaning up the entrance gate to Fort Eustis. It was a great opportunity for me personally to hear from those NCOs who epitomize the character, competence and commitment we want in our NCO Corps.
In between raking and sweeping, I got several positive comments along with some suggestions on how to continue building on our initial success with improving NCO development. All the Soldiers and families were excited to hear that membership in both the SGT Audie Murphy and SGT Morales Clubs were going to be annotated on upcoming career maps to show their value to our Army.
I cannot think of better mentors for Soldiers than those who are active participants in these NCO organizations. If you are not a member of either, I challenge you to learn more about the process from your local chapters and become active members in our communities.
In closing, while at the Pentagon updating the SMA, I told him that the Digital Job Book is ready for release in a beta form in March 2016. The job book will be available for downloading on the Army Training Network, and I want to hear back from you on how it’s performing, needed improvements, and how you’ll use it with your Soldiers.
Don’t know much about the Job Book? Don’t worry, I plan to provide more info along with a couple of screen shots in an upcoming post.
As always, I want to hear from you, the future of our Army. I encourage you to add a comment below, and I invite you to participate in our first “State of NCO Development Town Hall” March 3. Here’s the link with more info: www.tradoc.army.mil/watch.
Victory Starts Here!
– CSM D