ALEXANDRIA, Va. — The Army’s efforts to advance enlisted talent management into the 21st century will be on full display at the Association of the United States Army (AUSA) 2021 annual meeting, Tuesday, Oct. 12, at the convention center from 11:15 a.m. to 11:55 a.m.
The warrior’s corner segment entitled, “Enlisted Talent Management: Now and the Future,” features a team of presenters led by Michael Arnold, deputy director of the Army Talent Management Task Force (ATMTF), who will share about topics including, enlisted talent management assessments for first sergeants and sergeants major, the Assignment Satisfaction Key – Enlisted Module (ASK-EM) marketplace, and the Integrated Personnel and Pay System – Army (IPPS-A).
The range of topics, which include presentations by Cmd. Sgt. Maj. Anthony McAdoo, command sergeant major of the Human Resources Command, Sgt. Maj. Eric Linn, Army Talent Management Task Force - Enlisted Talent Management (ATMTF-ETM) team, and Sgt. Maj. Gary Krese, Army Deputy Chief of Staff / G-1, Integrated Personnel and Pay System – Army (IPPS-A) team, underscore the high-level of importance placed on ensuring the Army is competitive in the war for America’s best talents, especially among enlisted members who comprise greater than 80 percent of its personnel.
Improving Senior NCO Leadership Selection with Enlisted Talent Management Assessments
In 2020, the Army conducted a pilot for the Sergeants Major Assessment Program (SMAP) where it assessed 32 sergeants major for their fitness to lead at the field-grade level.
This program established the framework for the development of the First Sergeant Talent Alignment Assessment (1SG TAA) that serves as a decentralized job placement to use objective data obtained from the assessments to select the best candidates for NCO leadership at the company-grade level.
Selection of the right senior NCOs for key leadership positions has implications for the success of Army units.
“You have to have the right leadership, specifically when it comes to the senior leadership. And there’s no more important position in the Army than the first sergeant in my opinion,” said, Cmd. Sgt. Maj. Mario Terenas, 10th Mountain Division command sergeant major.
The SMAP is scheduled to conduct candidate assessments during this year’s Command Assessment Program at Fort Knox, Ky.
The Army Talent Management Task Force - Enlisted Talent Management (ATMTF-ETM) team has facilitated pilots for the 1SG TAA at Fort Bragg, Fort Riley, Fort Drum, and Fort Carson.
The ATMTF-ETM team is also working the development and prototype of a Sergeant Major Academy – Assessment Program (SGM-A-AP) that will help identify talented Senior NCOs attending the Sergeants Major Academy in resident and non-resident status for early placement in key sergeant major positions and direct management by the Sergeants Major Management Division (SMMD).
Aligning Enlisted Talent with ASK-EM Marketplace
ASK-EM supports enhanced interaction between Soldiers and talent managers while allowing Soldiers more input into where they would like to be assigned based on their knowledge, skills, behaviors and preferences.
NCOs — staff sergeants through master sergeants — will be able to access a virtual marketplace where they can prioritize their preferences for valid and available worldwide assignments within their movement cycle.
Moving to a 21st Century Talent Management System
IPPS-A is a modern online solution that serves as the vehicle to manage personnel, pay, talent and data for the Army. IPPS-A will deliver visibility over the Total Force and maximize the potential of the Army’s greatest asset, the Soldier, to enhance Army readiness.
For the first time ever, the Army will have automated capabilities, allowing the Total Army to manage Total Force talent, and provide an audit capability required by law.
IPPS-A will provide enhanced decision-making and search-and-match capabilities to enable the Army to better manage the talents of the Total Force based on their knowledge, skills and behaviors—optimizing Soldiers’ contributions to Army Readiness.
The 21st century talent management system will deliver visibility over the Total Force and maximize the potential of the Army’s greatest asset, the Soldier, to enhance Army readiness.