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The 2003 United States Army Posture Statement
Civilian Component

As a comprehensive effort to consolidate, streamline, and more effectively manage the force, The Army has begun an initiative to transform our civilian personnel system. High quality, well-trained civilians are absolutely essential to the readiness of our force and our ability to sustain operations today and in the future. Recruiting, training, and retaining a highly skilled, dedicated civilian workforce is critical in meeting our obligations to the Combatant Commanders and the Nation. Aggressive transformation of our civilian force – in which projections through FY05 indicate a 16% annual turnover due to retirements and other losses – will ensure we continue to meet those obligations.

As of FY02, The Army employed 277,786 civilian personnel. To forecast future civilian workforce needs with precision, we developed the Civilian Forecasting System (CIVFORS), a sophisticated projection model that predicts future civilian personnel requirements under various scenarios. The Army is working closely with the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) and other federal agencies to demonstrate the power of this system so they can fully leverage its capabilities, as well.

The Civilian Personnel Management System XXI (CPMS XXI) has identified the reforms necessary to hire, train, and grow a civilian component that supports the transforming Army. To achieve this, we have redefined the way civilians are hired, retained, and managed. Mandatory experiential assignments will become the vehicle by which we develop future leaders. CPMS XXI fully responds to current mandates in the President’s Management Agenda and incorporates the results of the Army Training and Leader Development Panels. For example, two initiatives for recruiting well-trained civilians are:

  • The Army Civilian Training, Education, and Development System (ACTEDS) – a centrally managed program that accesses and trains civilian interns and grows a resource pool of personnel who can accede to senior professional positions.

  • The DoD Appropriations Act for FY02 and FY03 provided Direct Hire Authority (DHA) for critical, hard-to-fill medical health care occupations and enabled the reduction in average fill-time for these positions to 29 days.


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