Camp Red Cloud, Korea
The Secretary of the Army’s key management initiative is
personnel transformation. Its goal is to modernize and integrate
human resource programs, policies, processes, and systems into a
multi-component force that includes civilians and contractors. We
will evaluate our processes and implement the most efficient program,
policies, and organizations to support the Objective Force.
The centerpiece of Personnel Transformation is a comprehensive effort
focused on a potential Army-wide implementation of unit manning
and unit rotation. We are aggressively examining the feasibility
of a unit manning and rotation system that would better support
the new national defense strategy, improve cohesion and combat readiness
within the operational Army, provide highly cohesive well-trained
units to Combatant Commanders, and improve well-being for families
by providing greater stability and predictability in assignments.
The Army currently uses unit rotations in support of operational
missions in the Balkans, Sinai, and Afghanistan. The Army is studying
the use of unit rotations for other locations and in the war on
terrorism. Units would know of these rotations well in advance,
providing families with greater predictability and enabling focused
preparation, both of which contribute to increased combat readiness
of the unit.
Unit manning seeks to synchronize the life cycle of a unit with
the life cycle of the Soldier within that unit. All Soldiers and
leaders would be stabilized, resulting in a significant increase
in cohesion and combat readiness over our present individual replacement
system. Such a system has significant second and third order effects
across the force – training and leader development, recruiting
and retention, unit readiness levels, and total Army endstrength,
among others. All of these are being studied intensively, and we
anticipate senior Army leadership decisions on unit manning and
unit rotation in July 2003.