Planning and Execution

Thursday June 22, 2006

The Army Plan (TAP) prescribes guidance for applying resources to execute our four overarching, interrelated strategies. TAP also provides guidance on how we will balance our operational needs while transforming into a modular force capable of achieving our mission and our Title 10 requirements. Executing TAP will ensure our Soldiers receive the best training, leadership, equipment, and quality of life our Nation can deliver.

There are four sections to TAP:

- Army Strategic Planning Guidance (Section 1)- Serves as our principal institutional planning document
- Army Planning Priorities Guidance (Section II)- Translates planning guidance into programming guidance and priories, and links the four strategies to capabilities needed to accomplish the Army's mission
- Army Program Guidance Memorandum (Section III)- Provides broad resourcing guidance needed to build Program Objective Memorandum 08-13
- Army Campaign Plan (Section IV)- Provides authoritative direction for planning, preparation, and execution of Army operations and Army transformation within the context of ongoing strategic commitments

The cyclical nature of Army strategic planning relies on continual feedback and assessment which:

- Help us to identify where we might need to shift resources and emphasis to remain in balance as we seek to accelerate our momentum
- Help us to establish a culture of performance, continuous improvement, and accountability (i.e., realistic standards to measure ourselves in terms of cost, schedule, and performance.)

See the 2006 Game Plan for more information.


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The Army has implemented a pilot program which allows Soldiers to refer applicants to recruiters. Soldiers who make referrals may receive a referral bonus for referring anyone who is qualified, has no prior military service in the Armed Forces, and completes military training. Immediate family members do not qualify as a referral. The applicant must enlist in the Regular Component of the Army, Army Reserve, or Army National Guard, and complete Basic and Advanced Individual Training (AIT). Additional details about the program and eligible Soldiers may be obtained at or


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