THE ARMY’S GOT TALENT IN RESERVE(S)

The DoD has touted the civilian expertise of the National Guard and Reserve members of the force for years. Whether it was the small town mayor or civil engineer working Civil Affairs, or the physician or aviator applying their civilian “day job” skills directly to their military career fields, there are a number of incredibly successful matches that make the reserve component of the force invaluable. But what about all of the folks that have military jobs that look nothing like what they do in the civilian world? Andrew Vidourek and Rob Gerlach want to make sure the Army knows about all of the skills that exist among Guard and Reserve personnel, and specifically those that aren’t properly matched. They join podcast editor Ron Granieri in the virtual studio to pitch a new approach to better talent management through technology. Their plan is to create a database of certified civilian expertise that is accessible, searchable and readily matches people to jobs that suit their talents. Their goal is to improve recruiting, retention, job satisfaction and ultimately lethality in the reserve component.

Transcript: https://warroom.armywarcollege.edu/wp-content/uploads/21-073-THE-ARMYS-GOT-TALENT-IN-RESERVES-Transcript.pdf

HONORING THE PAST WHILE SPEAKING TO THE FUTURE

The U.S. Department of Defense has had its difficulties over the last decade with recruiting and retention. The high operations tempo of the last 20 years, long separations, the danger of combat, and an ever-shrinking pool of eligible recruits are just some of the factors that have made the sustainment of the force more difficult than in many years past. The all-volunteer force depends on attracting, recruiting, and retaining the right people and managing that talent properly. A BETTER PEACE welcomes Robert Gerlach and Silas Martinez to discuss a project that hopes to address the attracting and recruiting aspect and hopefully indirectly improve the retention piece. They join podcast editor Ron Granieri in the virtual studio to explain Rob’s unique Strategy Research Project (SRP). Creating the first ever video SRP, Rob worked with his advisor, Silas, to try and solve a real problem for the U.S. Army by answering a unique question; “What if the Army Museum Enterprise could be utilized to attract or identify the right people to the Army and make sure they find their way into the ranks?”

Transcript: https://warroom.armywarcollege.edu/wp-content/uploads/21-077-HONORING-THE-PAST-WHILE-SPEAKING-TO-THE-FUTURE-Transcript.pdf

PRIORITIZING OUR BETTER HALF

At the risk of sounding like the new kinder, gentler DoD, how does leadership expect to maintain talent in the force if service members aren’t happy? WAR ROOM welcomes Gordon Rutledge as he continues to examine the concept of how a spouse’s satisfaction with military life directly impacts the service member’s satisfaction, retention, financial, physical and mental wellbeing. We’re a little late for Military Spouse Appreciation Day (May 7), but Gordon looks at the changes that must occur in the military personnel system to account for and empower military spouses at every reasonable opportunity. He lays out how doing so benefits not only the service member and their family but the entire force.

THE PCS PENALTY AND THE ARMY FAMILY

“If mama ain’t happy, nobody’s happy.” It’s as outdated a saying as is the military’s impression of what a “normal” family looks like. Gone are the days of the all male force, with 2.5 kids and a stay at home mom in every government issued quarters. The types of families that make up the greater U.S. Army are far more diverse than 10-20 years ago. Dual income families are much closer to the norm and unfortunately the Army’s professional military education system and the moves associated with it force significant spouse unemployment. WAR ROOM welcomes back Paul Kearney to propose solutions to the system that aim to improve life at home, increase retention, and in turn maximize talent management.

SENIOR LEADER BEHAVIOR: WHAT DIFFERENCES MATTER?

In 2004, the Commanding General, U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC) directed the USAWC to conduct a study to inform the future development of Army Division Commanders In a March 2019 War Room article, we offered observations and recommendations for senior leader development using data collected for over a decade on the leader effectiveness […]

A SMARTER WAY TO RECRUIT AND RETAIN

“Be All You Can Be”, “Army of One”, “Army Strong” these are just a few of the most recent slogans used by the U.S. Army Recruiting Command in the last 40 years. The first remained in place for over 20 years. The last was 12 years running. But if the Army is going to meet […]

LOSING THE STRATEGIC “BATTLE” AGAINST THE PRC (BUT NOT THE “WAR”): PT II – TALENT MANAGEMENT

U.S. military culture revolves around the ‘cult of command.’ (In Part I of this two-part series, Hugh Harsono suggested the U.S. military loosen its “inflexibility” as to what it deems a “conflict domain” — and that the Department of Defense [DoD] also deepen its understanding of three specific emerging conflict domains: energy, telecommunications, and cyber. […]

THE BALANCING ACT FOR FEMALE OFFICERS

Meaningful progress will occur only when male leaders engage in deliberate and sustained efforts to change the culture and when the proportion of women increases more substantially. Although formal barriers to women’s participation across branches and specialties in the United States’ (U.S.) armed forces have been removed, women still comprise a relatively small percentage of […]

INCORPORATING ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE: LESSONS FROM THE PRIVATE SECTOR

Also listen to a related presentation on this topic on A BETTER PEACE: The WAR ROOM Podcast! The biggest challenge for any company in incorporating AI is its organizational culture Through visible steps forward such as the publication of the Strategy on Artificial Intelligence (AI) and the establishment of the Joint Artificial Intelligence Center (JAIC), […]

SECURITY FORCE ASSISTANCE NEEDS THE STILWELL COMBINATION

The Army needs officers with experience working in foreign countries where the situation is complex and ambiguous Training foreign armies to do the work we would otherwise have to do ourselves seems like a great idea. Known in the U.S. Army as security force assistance (SFA), it is less politically and financially costly than using […]

THREE FLAWED PRACTICES THAT UNDERMINE TALENT MANAGEMENT

Army talent management guidance is neither applied skillfully nor consistently Field grade leaders are failing to implement talent management at the battalion level. Rather than follow the clear guidance expressed in Army regulations and doctrine, most notably Army Pamphlet 600-3 (Officer Professional Development and Career Management) and Army Doctrinal Reference Publication 6-22 (Army Leadership), mid-grade […]

DITCH THE CHECKLISTS: LET’S EDUCATE LEADERS!

There’s twenty-four outcomes that you’re supposed to do, they would come in and go ‘Prove to me your assessment on all twenty-four of these things.’ The 2018 National Defense Strategy includes the following stark assessment of Professional Military Education, or PME: “PME has stagnated, focused more on the accomplishment of mandatory credit at the expense […]