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1 / 2 Show Caption + Hide Caption – U.S. Army Command Sgt. Maj. Wardell Jefferson, senior enlisted-leader, U.S. Army Human Resources Command (HRC), spoke with Combined Joint Forces Land Component Command-Operation Inherent Resolve Soldiers about professional development on Jan. 26. in ... (Photo Credit: U.S. Army) VIEW ORIGINAL
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2 / 2 Show Caption + Hide Caption – U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Thomas Seamands, commander, U.S. Army Human Resources Command (HRC), takes a question from a Combined Joint Forces Land Component Command-Operation Inherent Resolve Soldier about evaluations on Jan. 26. in the Union III Conference... (Photo Credit: U.S. Army) VIEW ORIGINAL

BAGHDAD, Iraq -- U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Thomas Seamands, commander, and U.S. Army Command Sgt. Maj. Wardell Jefferson, senior enlisted-leader, U.S. Army Human Resources Command (HRC), spoke with Combined Joint Forces Land Component Command-Operation Inherent Resolve Soldiers about promotions and professional development on Jan. 26 in the Union III Conference Center.

HRC's primary mission is to improve talent management of personnel, Army-wide.

In their efforts to optimize the total Army force, HRC will place 476,000 Soldiers in positions across the Army by year end as a result of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) of 2017.

"We will bring in about another 6,000 Soldiers, we are going to ask another 9,000 non-commissioned officers to reenlist, and we will bring in about another 1,000 officers," Seamands said. "We will also turn the corner on promotion rates to bring that number up."

These promotions will aid the Army in being better equipped to train new Soldiers, Jefferson said.

"The best opportunities to be promoted are now," Jefferson said.

The Army will promote officers into command positions by taking into account their service backgrounds. For example, instead of an infantry officer taking command of an infantry unit, that Soldier could serve as a cyber commander.

"We want people from different commands to represent all of the different experiences," Seamands said.

On the enlisted side, Jefferson said the Select, Train, Educate and Promote (STEP) program will require Soldiers to attend schools and training prior to being promoted.

In order to get a better understanding of the officer selection process Seamands encouraged Soldiers to sit in on promotion selection boards to see how the process of reviewing Soldier performance is done.

HRC provides promotion preparation with "mock boards" online at https://www.hrc.army.mil/