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Structured Self Development

SENIOR LEADERS ARE SAYING

"It's my belief, having now looked this matter extensively over nine months, that the leaders of our services, all services, all components, are so good today, so experienced today, that they can effectively implement this change, maintain unit cohesion, and a strong focus on mission accomplishment."

- Gen. Carter F. Ham, commanding general of U.S. Army Europe and the co-chair of the 'Don't Ask Don’t Tell' working group, emphasizing that the change in the law that bans gay men and lesbians from serving openly in the military can be implemented without irreparable harm

Leaders can pave way for openly gay troops, general says

WHAT THEY'RE SAYING

"Horses as prey animals pick up on the emotional states and even underlying beliefs that people have. So the body language of the horses, where they position their head, their body relative to the people, their ears, and what they're looking at, basically gives feedback on what they are picking up on from the people …The nervousness that you exhibit when you step to the horse or how you behave around the horse can reflect in how they respond to you.”

- Staff Sgt. Antonio Barkley, WTU Soldier, speaking highly of ‘Heroes & Horses,’ an equine assisted psychotherapy program, through which the Soldiers with Fort Jackson's Warrior Transition Unit are capitalizing on the keen senses of horses to help them better understand themselves and to heal and transition.

Horses help heroes in healing: WTU Soldiers participate

CALENDAR

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December 2010

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PROFESSIONAL WRITING

NOTE: This series will be discontinued from January 2011: Army Professional Writing

TODAY'S FOCUS

Structured Self Development

What is it?

Structured Self Development (SSD) is mandatory web-based training that continues throughout a Soldier's career and builds upon content in noncommissioned officer (NCO) education courses. SSD exists in four levels and is supported by a robust assessment and feedback process that includes self-assessment tools. SSD is a set of content that must be completed within specified career points, prior to attendance at Warrior Leader, Senior Leader, and Seargant Major courses.

What has the Army done?

The Army developed SSD to bridge the operational and institutional domains and set conditions for continuous growth and life-long learning (LLL) for both the warrior and warrior leader. SSD is both an individual and first line leader responsibility executed at the individual's pace but under the supervision of the first line leader. SSD exists to build knowledge and skills through a defined sequence of learning approaches in addition to formal education and experiential learning. The Army has adopted the American Council on Education (ACE) criteria to evaluate self development materials for potential college credits.


What continued efforts does the Army have planned for the future?

Soldiers who have already completed a resident Noncommissioned Officer Education System (NCOES) course will be "grandfathered" from prior levels of SSD. Soldiers will have to complete subsequent levels of SSD corresponding with their rank. Effective two years from the implementation date for each level of SSD, completion of SSD becomes a prerequisite for attendance at the next NCOES course. Automatic enrollment in SSD I was implemented Oct. 1, 2010, for Soldiers graduating advanced individual training (AIT) or one-station unit training (OSUT), with a prerequisite date of Oct. 1, 2010. The implementation date for SSD III for NCOs who have graduated Advanced Leader's Course (ALC) is Jan. 1, 2011, with a prerequisite date of Jan. 1, 2013. The implementation date for SSD IV for NCOs who have graduated Senior Leader's Course (SLC) is Jan. 1, 2011, with a prerequisite date of Jan. 1, 2013. The implementation date for SSD V for NCOs who have graduated the Sergeants Major Course is May 1, 2011, with an implementation date of May 1, 2013.

Why is this important to the Army?

SSD links self-development needs to NCO professional development efforts by ensuring that the self-development domain is well defined, meaningful, and integrated into the leader development process. SSD will bridge the operational and institutional domains and set conditions for continuous growth.

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Structured Self Development

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