Command Sgt. Maj. David Davenport, the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command’s senior noncommissioned officer, visited the 1st Infantry Division at Fort Riley March 23 to discuss the future of noncommissioned officer professional development.
Davenport spoke with Soldiers at the post’s Barlow Theater about the NCO 2020 Strategy, the Army’s commitment to NCO leader development and the new changes to the NCO Professional Development system.
“What TRADOC does is think about the future; we drive change,” Davenport said. “We design the Army, but while designing the Army we are thinking forward.”
The Select, Train, Educate and Promote program was developed by TRADOC to solve school backlogs, enhance academic rigor, develop core competencies and ensure the Army promotes the best of the best. The S.T.E.P program’s implementation adds to the future leader development explained in NCO 2020.
“NCO 2020 is how we are going to develop noncommissioned officers to operate in a complex environment,” Davenport said. “We are looking at everything, including education, talent management and how we can strengthen our roles as noncommissioned officers to be stewards of our profession.”
The NCO 2020 Strategy, available at tradocnews.org, further discusses future changes, including the establishment of the master leader course, instituting in the executive leader course and the continued development of the NCO Professional Development core curriculum, Davenport said.
He also explained the future changes to the Army’s Structured Self Development education system to be more tied in with the NCOPD system. Some of the changes to the SSDs include a review of previously learned information and to introduce future material that is in the next course.
“When you take SSD 2 (Structured Self Development), we want a reference back to what you learned in BLC (Basic Leader Course), while we are also getting you ready for ALC (Advance Leader Course),” Davenport said. “We want to tie it all together.”
During his visit, Davenport met with instructors and students of the BLC course at the 1st Inf. Div. Noncommissioned Officer Academy to do discuss current training and conduct morning physical fitness. The course is a satellite training course based out of Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri.
He discussed the need for NCOA instructors and commandants to come up with ways to be innovative.
“We have to be proactive rather than reactive,” Davenport said. “I think that is what you all are doing here. You aren’t waiting for us to tell you want we want and that’s what we need — innovation.”
Photo credit: Command Sgt. Maj. David Davenport, U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command senior noncommissioned officer, talks to the 1st Infantry Division NCO Academy Basic Leaders Course students after joining them in their daily physical fitness March 23 at Fort Riley, Kansas. Davenport visited the students to talk about the future of the NCO Professional Development System and its future improvements. (Sgt. 1st Class Mark Albright, 1st Inf. Div. Public Affairs)