(TRADOC News, 13 January 2017) For the first time, the Army will use a talent management
process that integrates the personnel records of active Army, Army Reserve, and Army
National Guard Soldiers into one system. Lt. Gen. James C. McConville,
the Army deputy chief of staff, G-1, shares his insights into the service’s new talent
management program and explains how it will change the Army and improve readiness.
How will the new talent management program work?
We will have a new integrated personnel and pay system. For the first time in the history
of the Army, we will have active, Reserve, and National Guard Soldiers in one personnel
system. This gives us visibility over the entire force.
In the National Guard and Reserve, we have Soldiers with tremendous talents learned
from their civilian jobs that we may not see when we manage them by rank and military
occupational specialty. They may run a construction company on the side, they may be a
design engineer, or they may have skill sets in technology–and we will now be able to see
We will be able to describe all lower enlisted Soldiers, noncommissioned officers, and
officers beyond their basic branches. We will be able to develop a profile of their
knowledge, skills, and behaviors; and we will define them with more variables than we do
now, which is basically two variables–rank and military occupational specialty.
We will be able to define Soldiers by multiple variables: the countries they have visited, the
language skills they have, if they are airborne or air assault qualified, how many combat
deployments they have, how many flying hours they have and in which types of aircraft,
and their certifications and hobbies. We will have a much better idea of what talents a
Soldier can contribute.
We also want to know what Soldiers want to do and where they want to go. If we can
match these desires and have them do the things they are passionate about where they
want to do them, we think we will be a much better Army going forward. We are working
very aggressively to implement these initiatives, and we think they will fundamentally
change the way that the Army operates.
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