Tuesday December 28, 2010
What is it?
A new recruitment site for the Army now serves as the employment portal for Army positions worldwide. Army Civilian Service baby boomers will be retiring en masse over the next 10 years. To attract the "best and brightest" next generation workforce, a focused enterprise-wide recruitment strategy required the development of a dot com website to promote the Army as an employer of choice. The Army Civilian Service website establishes an Army civilian web presence to increase prospective employees understanding of and motivation to join the Army civilian team.
What has the Army done?
Previously the Army maintained an employment board on the Civilian Personnel On-Line (CPOL) website. The CPOL employment board did not highlight the advantages of civilian employment with the Army. A dot com would provide the added ability to raise awareness, interest and understanding about Army Civilian employment, ultimately recruiting potential candidates. Establishing a site dedicated to Army Civilian Service would dispel the myth concerning employment with the Army requires a uniform.
What continued efforts does the Army have planned for the future?
Over the next two years, the Army will transition from one automated recruitment tool, Resumix, to another, USA Staffing, for advertising vacant positions, accepting applications from job seekers, and evaluating the job seeker's eligibility and qualifications. To facilitate this movement, all Army announcements will now be posted on the new website. Prospective candidates will no longer have to utilize two separate websites to see all Army announcements. The Army Civilian Service website will eventually become the information center for civilian employment. This site is one of the enterprise-wide Army Civilian Service initiatives to meet the President's Hiring Reform mandate to reduce the hiring time for federal positions.
Why is this important to the Army?
Army civilians are not active duty military, but serve as an integral part of the Army team to support the defense of our nation. Army civilians are members of a global family that encourages excellence, professional development and balance. As an integral part of the Army team, Army civilians help sustain base operations and fill positions on Army Staffs that would otherwise be filled by military personnel. Army civilians are federal civil servants and are committed to selfless service in the performance of their duties in support of our nation.
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"But everywhere we have been, we have seen men and women of the United States Army making a difference in the world."
- Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. George W. Casey Jr., with his wife Sheila during their visit to Camp Arifjan, Kuwait, took the time to personally thank the troops and let the Soldiers know that the sacrifices they made for the nation was much appreciated.
Video: Gen. Casey visits Camp Arifjan, Kuwait (00:30- 00:38)
"The first thing they learn to deal with is change. The schedule can change at a moment's notice. Everybody needs to be flexible and work as a team to get through this process. By deploying with the Soldiers, I can observe the systems in the field; how they operate and how reliable these systems are. You have to learn about the Soldiers and their systems. The only way to get this experience is to go where the Soldiers are. It makes me a better adviser by understanding the conditions the Soldiers find themselves in."
- Murphy House, a weapons systems coordinator with Army Material Command at Fort Belvoir, Va., who is preparing for his fifth deployment as a civilian, speaks about the Civilian Expeditionary Workforce, a Defense Department program, which trains to deploy some of its civilian employees to support military operations
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