Special thanks to CSM Connette for sharing the Army Training and Evaluation Command’s role in our Army on last week’s blog. Gave me a little time to get out and talk to the force before the town hall. I hope by now, everyone is aware of the town hall that we will host this Thursday, March 3 from 5-7 p.m. EST. More about that a little later.
But I want to share and say thanks to the leadership of Fort Benning that hosted our TRADOC Quarterly Futures Update this week. At this forum, we assemble all of the Center of Excellence commanders and CSMs along with school commandants and their CSMs to discuss best practices, ongoing initiatives within TRADOC, and our next goals or innovations to support the future of our Army.
After this great conference, I am confident that the changes that we are making to the Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development System are not only needed, but support the direction our Army is moving toward. If you have not read TRADOC PAM 525-3-1, The U.S. Army Operating Concept, I encourage you to do so prior to our town hall. We must train our NCOs to be able to operate in the unknown, unknowable and complex environment of the future. This requires each and every contact hour to be used to its fullest while our Soldiers are attending our courses. Additionally, our content must have rigor and challenge thought, and we must identify those that truly set themselves apart from others while attending these courses.
So that’s what we will discuss during the upcoming town hall this week — how we will prepare the future NCOs of our Army. During these two hours, we will hear about what we have done so far and the direction that we are headed. We’ll also hear Army senior leaders speak to why this change is needed. But more importantly, I am looking forward to your questions.
If you have not submitted your questions yet, I ask that you do so today. Of course you know that you can email them, use the hash tag #talk2tradoc or submit a short video. I will have other panel members with me from both the Guard and Reserve, TRADOC staff, and a few of the Center of Excellence leaders to handle the wide range of questions that I hope we get.
In closing, I did see a post that said that this was a canned production. I assure you that it isn’t. No one from the panel has seen the questions or are preparing any scripts. The whole intent of this town hall is a chance to talk to you all just like if we were in formation with one another; so that when the town hall is over, you walk away with a better understanding of what and why we are making these changes that are needed for the future of our NCO Corps.
See you all on Thursday!