[The] recruiting and retention of Soldiers is not just an Army challenge, it is a challenge for our country. Every one of us... must do our part to emphasize to our young people the importance of service to the country. (Transcript)
Dr. Francis J. Harvey
Secretary of the Army
FY05 ARMY GAME PLAN: LEADER PRIORITIES
Objective # 5: Change Army Culture to Reflect New Realities
o Use your initiative to operate within this intent...motivate people to move out now.
o Understand that leadership changes behavior and is the most important feature in creating and changing culture. The quality of an organization's leadership is always readily apparent; in adverse conditions it is more apparent.
o Establish a command environment that rewards innovation, and empowers Soldiers, leaders, and civilians to use their initiative and adapt to their operating environments.
o Challenge, and encourage others to challenge, basic institutional assumptions, paradigms, and procedures to support and sustain the fight. If it doesn't make sense, make it better.
o Support educational opportunities that improve the development of an "expeditionary mindset" by stimulating cultural awareness, critical thinking, and commitment to continuous education and personal growth.
o Reinforce the ideals and values contained within the Warrior Ethos.
o Build Soldier and leader confidence to perform in ambiguous environments and reinforce resiliency and self-reliance.
o Promote well-being, self-reliance, and resiliency among our families and our civilian workforce.
Objective # 6: Articulate the Strategic Rationale for Joint and Service Future Capabilities
o Understand the direction the Army is moving to contribute to joint warfighting and sustainment capabilities - as articulated in the Army Strategic Planning Guidance, the Army Transformation Roadmap, and the Army Campaign Plan.
o Reinforce efforts, consistent with the objective to change culture, to increase understanding within your organizations of the essentiality of joint and expeditionary operations - and the capabilities the Army provides in both warfighting and support roles.
o Understand and contribute, consistent with your organization's role, to the processes that will develop the Joint Operations Concept and determine Joint and Army capabilities.
o Participate at senior leader levels in key Joint and Service assessments and studies to identify Joint concepts, doctrine, capabilities, and requirements.
Objective # 7: Adapt the Institutional Army to Meet the Needs of the Emerging Operational Army
o Understand the essentiality of the task we face - this is not business as usual. The Army can neither afford, nor sustain its current institutional practices.
o Encourage initiatives that will enhance effectiveness and efficiency.
o Make your organizations open to assessment, improvement, and where feasible, genuine innovation - counter resistance to change by influencing culture.
Read about the leader priorities for objectives 1 & 2 in the June 6 edition, and leader priorities for objectives 3 & 4 in the June 7 edition.
Source: FY05 Army Game Plan
June 8, 2005
The Chief of Army Public Affairs, Brig. Gen. Vincent Brooks, will host tonight's Twillight Tattoo on the White House Ellipse. The event, beginning at 7 p.m., will honor Ms. Linda Patterson, founder and executive director of the non-profit organization Americans Supporting Americans.