By Amy L. Robinson, U.S. Army Training and Doctrine CommandMarch 20, 2017
U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command's senior enlisted leader will host the fourth and final State of NCO Development Town Hall March 30 at 11 a.m. EDT.
The goal of the livestreamed event is twofold, serving not only to inform the force on new initiatives in NCO development and education, but more importantly, it will provide an opportunity for Soldiers to give feedback and ask questions, according to TRADOC's Command Sgt. Maj. David Davenport Sr.
"I want them to know how important their feedback is to the process," Davenport said. "I want them to know that their opinion counts; it matters and we're listening."
TRADOC's Town Hall 4 will focus on the third effort in the NCO 2020 Strategy, Stewardship of the Profession.
"It's important for NCOs to understand that they are stewards of the profession, and how that impacts the entire Army. Whether it's building and maintaining the trust of the force, improving their expertise or setting the example through honorable service, their actions will shape the future force."
During the first two segments, subject matter experts will discuss what the Army is doing to educate NCOs on the importance of their role in the profession of arms. Topics include the Expert Action Badge, the Occupational Physical Assessment Test, character development, improving written and oral communication in professional military education, the unit noncommissioned officer development program, talent management and more. Each topic will be followed by a Q&A session.
In the final segment, the town hall will take on a broader focus as Davenport and special guest Command Sgt. Maj. Scott Schroeder, U.S. Army Forces Command's senior enlisted leader, are joined by representatives from the Army National Guard and Army Reserve to discuss topics from previous TRADOC town halls and answer questions across the total Army.
"I think anyone who tunes in will benefit from the open conversation that we'll have with the force -- regardless of what component they may be from," Davenport said. "It's not scripted, and it's not rehearsed, so we have to come in prepared to provide candid, factual answers to the questions."
Davenport emphasized that trust and honest feedback are critical to the success of the town hall and ultimately, the future of NCO development in the Army.
"We want to hear back from them on what we're doing -- to validate if we're on the right path or not," Davenport said in a recent video promoting the event. "If not, give us some feedback on where we can adjust, so that we can make sure we get it right."
Soldiers can submit their feedback and questions through social media before the event, or simply by logging on to the live chat at http://go.usa.gov/xXqYY during the town hall. Join the discussion here to ask questions on TRADOC's Facebook page, or tweet to @tradoc using the hashtag #TRADOCtownhall.