Army Interns Learn Resiliency
January 22, 2014
(WASHINGTON)-- Future Army leaders were taught how to be Ready and Resilient during the Career Program 26 - Manpower and Force Management (CP26) Intern Orientation at the Pentagon Conference Center, Jan. 15.
CP26 develops a professional cadre of manpower and force management professionals to design, develop and resource the Army's operating and generating forces in support of the National Military Strategy.
"Putting things in perspective can be difficult," said Mike Egly, Joint Force Headquarters-National Capital Region/U.S. Army Military District of Washington, training branch chief. "Resilience is just like going to the gym, you have to work on it."
Egly's presentation was part of the annual CP26 Intern Orientation which aims to educate interns about their career field and provide professional development.
"The emotional correctness video was by far what impacted me the most," said Brittany P. Armstrong, a CP26 intern. "I felt it to be a common sense way of thinking that is unfortunately not too present in many interactions we have with each other. The ability to understand why someone has a certain opinion is a talent that I feel would benefit everyone in general, but especially those of us training to become leaders."
"I think the Ready and Resilience campaign will be a huge culture change for the Army," said Egly. "We are not going to see the impact of these programs until these interns carry it on to others."
The interns were also exposed to an overview of the U.S. Army Manpower Analysis Agency, presentations on communicating with plain language and the use of social media during part of the three day orientation.
"I was very pleased that our interns were able to hear from senior Army leaders," said Beryl Hancock, chief, CP26 Proponency Office. "As manpower and force managers they will be an integral part of helping keep the Army strong."
CP26 is one of the Army's thirty-one civilian career programs. It is composed primarily of management analysts who work in one or more of the nine manpower and force management functional areas. CP26 analysts work in a variety of organizations such as resource management, plans and training, documentation, and management engineering at installations and major commands across the Army.
"I enjoyed learning about the paths that senior CP26 careerists have taken in their careers. The Operations Research/Systems Analysis presentation was very beneficial and seeing enthusiasm for our program from others was hugely motivational," said Armstrong. "But the R&R videos are what stuck with me here. I thought the resiliency training was great!"