STAND-TO! Edition: Tuesday April 16, 2013


Today's Focus:

Army Career Tracker

What is it?

The Army Career Tracker is an Army leadership development web-based tool developed by U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command's Institute for Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development. The ACT provides Army personnel -- enlisted, officer and civilian cohorts - a system to manage their professional development and to monitor progress toward training, education, and career goals. The ACT interfaces with more than a dozen source systems in providing data such as assignment history, training history, education history, and certifications.

What has the Army done?

The ACT promotes lifelong learning for Soldiers and Army civilians. As of March 2013, the ACT provides more than 400,000 Army personnel with a more efficient and effective way to monitor their career development. The ACT enhances personnel counseling by providing leaders and mentors a framework to create individual development plans. As a result, leaders and supervisors have created more than 21,000 recommendations while users established 68,000 goals in the ACT. With the ACT, Soldiers and civilians are able to establish short- and long-term goals and a pathway to achieve them. They do this by mapping out events, decision points, and outcomes. The ACT also enables users to track progress against known career benchmarks.

What efforts does the Army have planned for the future?

The ACT will help Soldiers and civilians with transition and sponsorship. By the end of 2014, development programs in the ACT will be formally instituted to ensure that Soldiers are both "military" and "career" ready from the start of their Army careers. Individual development plans created using the ACT will ensure Soldiers are aware of the career readiness standards they must meet long before their separation from service.

Why is this important to the Army?

As a single point of entry for career and leadership development, the ACT offers an effective way to implement and facilitate transition policy. The ACT creates an environment where Soldiers and civilians can collaborate with leaders and mentors to enhance career planning and development.

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