WASHINGTON (Army News Service, March 18, 2016) — “How do you empower unmotivated people?” asked a university student.
Archive for March, 2016
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (March 21, 2016) — Gen. David G. Perkins, commanding general of U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command, discussed TRADOC’s perspectives on “Big 8” initiatives and how the Army Operating Concept will build the future Army during the 2016 Association of the United States Army’s Global Force Symposium at the Van Braun Center, March 17.
Fellow Soldiers –
My name is Master Sgt. Elsi A. Inoa-Santos. I’m a 35V (Signals Intelligence Senior Sergeant/Senior Chief) and I’ve been in the Army for 15 years now. I currently work in the Institute for Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development, or INCOPD, at TRADOC, and am honored to have a front-row seat to the major changes underway with NCO development and education.
Earlier this month, I participated in the Army-wide State of NCO Development Town Hall, working behind the scenes to answer questions concerning the NCO 2020 Strategy. I thought I’d share with you a couple of observations from my vantage point.
I really believe that TRADOC is on the cusp of the greatest era of change the Army has ever experienced. For example, TRADOC is influencing current and future development to our professional military education, with efforts like the Master Leaders Course and the Executive Leaders Course.
TRADOC is also redefining NCOES, as the NCO Professional Development System, and breaking down barriers to new recruits. These changes are fueled by the fast shift into the digital world and the technologies Soldiers are using to engage with leaders, like the Army Career Tracker and MSAF-360.
Now, more than ever, (and certainly more than when I was a private) Soldiers have the ability to share their perspectives and have their voices heard. While the challenges are daunting, there are more opportunities than ever before to voice opinions with TRADOC and ask questions. More than 3,000 Soldiers did just that during the town hall by participating in the live chat. A lot of other Soldiers interacted with us through social media too. They used our event hashtag – #talk2TRADOC – with their comments and questions and all that tweeting ended up reaching more than 1 million Twitter users!
As one of the chat room operators, I had the opportunity to answer several questions related to the NCO 2020 Strategy, especially within the education arena. Like many of you, I’ve had to use different methods to fund my educational goals. I had to use my education entitlements (GI Bill and my Post-9/11 Bill) to support my PhD program which was (over $40,000 of education tuition) because I capped out of my Tuition Assistance I understand many Soldiers are seeking additional ways to pursue their degrees. Besides the GI Bill/Post-9/11 GI Bill, there are other options available to fund education such as military scholarships, federal grants, scholarships from schools, and other tuition assistance programs.
Soldiers also asked a lot of questions about military certifications. TRADOC is currently working on the Expert Action Badge and other NCO broadening opportunities. The EAB will recognize the next generation of competent and committed leaders, and gives all Soldiers an opportunity to compete for the Certification of Professionals.
As far as broadening assignments, there is a website anyone can visit to see what opportunities such as Congressional, Arroyo, and similar fellowships are available. Click here for more.
Also, did you know that you can apply to the United States Military Academy at West Point for educational and leader development purposes? This is a wonderful opportunity for Soldiers who are looking to increase their overall educational and leader development. USMA will even consider up to five waivers per year for Soldiers who were unable to apply before because of deployments. Check out these links for specific requirements: http://www.usma.edu/admissions/SitePages/Home.aspx and http://www.usma.edu/USMAPS.
Finally, I talked with a lot of Soldiers about S.T.E.P. (Select, Train, Educate, and Promote) during the town hall. S.T.E.P. was developed by TRADOC to solve school backlogs, enhance academic rigor, develop our core competencies, and most importantly, ensure we promote the best of the best.
Basically, S.T.E.P. ensures all Soldiers are provided full-career opportunities by shaping policies, while supporting and sustaining those of us who are highly capable and ready. At the end of the day, all of these great efforts are being developed to enhance the NCO Corps. As a professional Soldier, I really encourage you to read the NCO 2020 Strategy.
As we continue to move forward with the State of the NCO Development Town Halls, I invite you to take the time to ask questions about issues that matter to you. We are planning on hosting another one in a couple of months which will focus on professional development with regards to the Army University. This is a great opportunity to find out what ArmyU means to you.
If you want to be ahead of the game, I highly encourage you to read The Army University White Paper.
Again, thank you for supporting this great effort and for being part of the Army story!
Victory Starts Here!
ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. (March 17, 2016) — The U.S. Army is moving ahead with research on potential new component-level technologies for future rotorcraft.
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — The Apache attack helicopter is flying into the future with enhanced sensors and a more reliable turret that improves the aircraft’s 40-year-old technology.
Representatives from the Singapore Armed Forces visited Fort Leavenworth, Kan., Tuesday, March 15 through Thursday, Feb. 17 for the Singapore Training and Doctrine Talks.