U.S. Army Manpower Analysis Agency briefed on CP 26
July 11, 2014
Fort Belvoir, Va. (July 3, 2014) - Members of the U.S. Army Manpower Analysis Agency learned about Career Program 26 during a presentation at Thurman Lecture Hall by the Manpower and Force Management Proponency Office, June 26.
The lecture highlighted the tools and competencies available in CP 26 to force management professionals to continue their career progression.
"The most important idea the people who attended the lecture need to remember is that civilians have the ultimate responsibility for their careers," said Beryl Hancock, Manpower and Force Management Proponency Office, chief, Career Program 26. "Career programs are set up to share information, to show the door is open and it's important for the careerist to walk through."
The tools and competencies discussed include the Civilian Record Brief; Army, Civilian, Training, Education and Development System; the Cost Benefit Analysis course; Manpower Principles and Policies; Planning and Programming, Budgeting and Execution; and the Force Management course.
The Civilian Record Brief is essential in career progression because it's the first source in determining your career program, said Hancock.
"It's a snapshot of what their career is," Hancock said. "You want to make sure your appraisals are all documented, your standards are in there, things like that that are important for your career."
The presentation gave USAMA employees a better understanding of the program, and the steps they need to take to progress in their careers, according to Richard Brown USAMA, administrative officer.
"I need to take the Force Management course," said Brown. "I would like to get into the acquisitions side of the house but I do want to learn the project management side so, if I do transfer over, I will have knowledge and understand how it works."
Taking control of your career progression is important for civilians with prior military service because as a civilian, you only have yourself to rely on, according to retired Lt. Col. Carol Reese, USAMA, manpower analyst.
"These kinds of interactions with individuals where the attendees can learn how to manage their own career is very beneficial because they don't have to rely on another person," said Reese.
The Force Management course and the Planning and Programming, Budgeting and Execution course are very important for anyone in force management, according to Hancock.
"That's how the whole resource management world works, whether in CP 11 or 26," said Hancock. "That's the foundation to make everyone aware of what is involved in Manpower and Force Management."
Department of the Army civilians are currently focused on the Army drawdown, said Reese. However, they need to make sure they are taking the necessary steps to progress.
"At the end of the day you still need to be ready when the train shows up," said Reese, "because if you aren't packed it will leave without you."