|SMA Dailey on Improving Education for the U.S. Army
SMA Dailey on Improving Education for the U.S. Army
FORT BRAGG, N.C. (25 April 2016) -- Sgt. Maj. of the Army Daniel A. Dailey told a
gathering of U.S. Army Reserve senior leaders, when looking to the future of the Army,
he looks to people, not gadgets and widgets. Dailey cited initiatives in enlisted and NCO
professional development, talent management, and establishing Army University.
"We are not the only trained and educated enlisted force in the world anymore," he said.
In 2005, the People's Republic of China reorganized their entire military education
system for enlisted and officers, committing to train and educate their senior NCOs to
the three-year collegiate level, he said.
"We are not there. And that was a decade ago," Dailey said, adding that Russia is doing
the same thing with educating their enlisted force. "So we've got to continue to focus
on this. "That's why Army University is so important," Dailey continued. "For many years
we've been training and educating our Soldiers with world-class capabilities but not
giving them any (college) credit for it for whatsoever. If we don't give ourselves
academic credit, nobody is ever going to do it.
"With Army University, it would combine all of our academic resources into one
homogenous organization and give us the ability to issue the degree," he said. "That's
the power that we don't have over our academic partners -- we don't have the power to
issue a degree."
He said the Army is not looking to build mechanical engineers or business leaders but
the Army can "stake claims on things like leadership. Many of these (academic)
organizations have come to us to use our curriculum and then turn around and give
credit for training that we're giving every single day."
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His final initiative is taking care of Soldiers and their Families. He said he tells young
Soldiers that we owe it to Americans to give them a better chance at life.
"So it requires everyone one of us to be deployable. It requires everyone of us to get
behind a rifle and selflessly serve," Dailey said. "It requires the same motivation of
those individuals approaching Omaha Beach and waiting for that ramp to go down on
Wave 1 on D-Day."
He said that none of us would have what we have today if those men had not gotten in
those landing craft.
"We engage in the crucible of ground combat with the enemy and it is a nasty, dirty
business," he said. "And sometimes we forget that. And that is why we are here -- to
preserve that -- to take care of people."
He said studies have shown the number one reason young Americans join the military
today is to go to college, not because of sense of service.
Dailey said while serving in the military is still perceived by the majority of Americans
as an honorable service, the perception of serving in the Army is the lowest of all the
"This is unsustainable, just like non-deployables," Dailey said. "We have to get back at
becoming an organization that people want to join and recruiting is not easy right now,
He also said too often when a Soldier is getting out of the Army and they have done a
good job, we often don't give them enough recognition and help to make their transition
back to civilian life better.
"We have to really take a hard look into how we are sending our Soldiers off to our
great communities out there," Dailey said. "Because we are relying on them to
regenerate the next Aoldier that wants to serve."
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