The Human Dimension Concept

Friday October 17, 2008

What is it?

A detailed review of the Human Dimension's components that consists of a three-document family that includes The Human Dimension Study, U.S. Army Concept for the Human Dimension and Human Dimension (a TRADOC information booklet). Collectively these documents promote change within the Army for both the operating and generating forces. The documents outline how the Army must change to prepare people so future commanders can sustain full-spectrum operations. The study further develops primary operational themes presented within Army and joint concepts, and describes how the Army will employ individual Soldiers, their leaders and units in the future joint operational environment. The information booklet and concept paper summarize the study's ideas, detailing ways the Army can more effectively manage our most critical resource, Soldiers.

What has the Army done?

The U.S. Army has defined the Human Dimension as a triad of moral, cognitive and physical components; described the Human Dimension challenges of future global and domestic environments; addressed the impact of the Human Dimension on accessing, training, developing and sustaining Soldiers; incorporated input from two worldwide staffing actions; provided recommendations for Human Dimension capabilities and questions for further study; and reaffirmed the primacy of quality Soldiers in a professional Army. To promote understanding of the Human Dimension, senior Army leaders are briefing topics from the documents, participating in senior-leader steering groups and conducted a Human Dimension media roundtable at the AUSA Convention Oct. 6, 2008.

What efforts does the Army plan to continue in the future?

The Army intends the family of Human Dimension publications to set in motion a series of seminars and studies to determine how to change policies, programs and processes that impact the Army's ability to accomplish its future missions. The Soldier--and all things related to Soldier accession, development and career service in an all-volunteer force--is the focus of these changes.

Why is this important to the Army?

The Human Dimension project opens dialogue that will help the Army determine critical required capability gaps that impact Soldiers in doctrine, organization, training, materiel, leadership and education, personnel and facilities (DOTMLPF). The project will stimulate research and analysis in multiple disciplines pertaining to Soldier performance and well-being. This research will in turn enable the Army to take actions to close those capability gaps while continuing to build and maintain an all-volunteer Modular Force capable of meeting the challenges of full-spectrum operations in 2015 to 2024.


TRADOC Web site


- 2008 Strategic Communication Guide - Read the 2008 Army Strategic Communication Guide for key messages and updates

- Strategic Communication Coordination Group (SCCG) Workspace

- Army Public Affairs Portal

- Stories of Valor

- Speaker's Toolkit

- Information Papers with " 2008 Army Posture Statement"


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