WASHINGTON -- Army Talent Management will take top billing during the annual Association of the United States Army conference on October 15. Four of the Army’s top personnel leaders will speak during the Contemporary Military Forum panel, “Winning the War for Talent”, which will live stream on Thursday, October 15, at 11:00 a.m. Several Army Talent Management initiatives will also feature prominently during a series of Warrior Corner events throughout the week.
The Army, through the Army Talent Management Task Force (ATMTF), made several significant changes to the way it acquires, develops, employs, and retains talent since last year’s annual conference. In late 2019, 14,482 officers applied for and received orders to their next assignments through the Army Talent Alignment Process (ATAP). ATAP allowed officers to build resumes and browse for assignments, while units conducted interviews to determine whether an officer was the right fit for their organization. More than half of officers and units received their top preference.
In January and February, 750 officers participated in the inaugural Battalion Commander Assessment Program(BCAP). BCAP candidates participated in a series of cognitive and non-cognitive assessments over the course of the five-day program. The program resulted in the largest gathering of peer and subordinate feedback in the Army’s history as the Army collected 17,283 assessments. The program saw a 34% change in the principal list for battalion command and key billets throughout the Army – that means that 150 principals were no longer principals, while 99 alternates moved up to become principals. The success of BCAP led to a similar program designed for O-6 level commanders, the Colonel’s Command Assessment Program which concluded last month.
This year’s panel will focus on the next 12 months’ worth of planned talent management initiatives, as the ATMTF expands its efforts to include the enlisted force and the Army continues to see changes to civilian talent management.
Captains at select Captains Career Courses will be able to participate in a pilot program known as Talent-Based Career Alignment (TBCA). TBCA uses assessment data and past performance to align uniquely-talented officers with rewarding developmental assignments. The Army will also extend its Talent Management reforms to the enlisted force, including a pilot program known as the Sergeants Major Assessment Program (SMAP), which is similar to BCAP. The Army will also allow enlisted service members to advertise their unique talents and bid for assignments in a new location preferencing system known as Assignment Satisfaction Key-Enlisted Module, or ASK-EM.
The 2020 AUSA Convention will be entirely virtual this year and registration is now open at the official AUSA website. Registered attendees will receive an email containing a schedule as well as instructions pertaining to live-streaming and interaction during the four-day conference. Remember to stop by the Army Talent Management virtual booth to view informational videos and download helpful ATAP and BCAP guides.
Army Talent Management will be featured during the following segments:
- October 14, 1:15-1:45 p.m. – Warrior’s Corner, Enlisted Talent Management
- October 15, 11:00-11:45 a.m. – Contemporary Military Forum Panel #7, “Winning the War for Talent”
- October 15, 11:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m. – Warrior’s Corner, Talent-Based Career Alignment