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SMA Dailey on Army Promotions and Education
FORT MEADE, Md. (Army News Service, June 5, 2015) -- During an Army birthday
town hall meeting with Soldiers, June 4, Sgt. Maj. of the Army, or SMA, Daniel A.
Dailey told troops in attendance "Challenge yourself every day, It starts at 6 a.m.
You can make a difference as early as tomorrow morning. You can add points to
your promotion standing just by doing better at PT. One more push-up is one more
point. One more sit-up is one more point. And study hard, do your structured
The sergeant major acknowledged that as the Army draws down, there will be fewer
actual promotions, because there will be fewer Soldiers. But he said the Army still
needs to promote Soldiers to have the right leaders in the right positions. He said
Soldiers will still get promoted in the same percentage in order to ensure the Army
structure is maintained.
"As Soldiers transition and the need arises, the Army will continue to promote in
accordance with these needs," he said "We will continue to, and have to continue to
promote our Soldiers. Be persistent, do your best."
From basic training, to learning their military occupation specialties in advanced initial
training, attending leadership development courses, professional military education,
and structured self-development, Soldiers spend a lot of time in the Army learning and
developing their skills and leadership potential.
Dailey said the Army wants to make sure that what those Soldiers learn is not wasted
when they move on to the civilian world after an Army career.
The ongoing "NCO 2020" study, in its second year, has identified that the Army must
get better at certifying and credentialing Soldiers for the things they learn while serving,
Dailey said. What knowledge and skills Soldiers learn in uniform must be easier to
translate into jobs in the private sector - as all Soldiers eventually leave the Army.
Already, Dailey said, the Army has found a way to ensure Soldiers get
civilian-equivalent credit for their NCOES education.
"The common core curriculum - not your specific MOS [military occupation specialty] -
from the time you start your first NCOES course, to the time you graduate your last
one, is worth 100 college credits," Dailey said. "That's the largest it's ever been
throughout our history. But that's not enough. We are going to continue to do that, to
make sure we give you the valuable credit that you have earned."
The Army is still making changes to the NCOES to make it more challenging, valuable
and relevant to Soldiers, Dailey said.
The Army is planning on adding another level of NCOES for master sergeants, for
instance, called the master leader course. Curriculum at the Sergeants Major Academy
has also been re-rated, and the Army is in the process of accrediting that education at
the masters level. For younger Soldiers and NCOs, he said, the Army is working with
civilian counterparts to get them maximum credit for their NCOES education.
Dailey said 18 months ago drastic changes were made to what is called the warrior
leader course, or WLC. An additional change to that course will be a new name - the
basic leader course. He said the name change is meant to help those in the private
sector who might see it on a résumé better understand what it means. The SMA said
that for now, beyond the name change, there are no additional changes expected for
Next year, the Army plans to bring Army University online -- part of the Combined Arms
Center on Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. The Army University represents a multiyear plan
to better align Army education programs.
The university organizes professional military education institutions across the Army
into a single educational structure. Army University will supplement the current
education system in the Army and help streamline the system to ensure education
earned there can transfer to civilian schools. The university will also find ways for
Soldiers to earn private-sector equivalent credentialing for the work they do in the Army
so they don't need to be re-credentialed when they go look for private-sector work.
"The intent is to be our own university, to give you the equivalent credit for the things
that you do in the Army," Dailey said. "[With Army University], you can capitalize on
and maintain use of your tuition assistance and partner with a university outside our
gates and use your transcripts from Army University in the future to help build the
degree you personally want to work on - which is part of the self-development domain."