Army Talent Alignment Process

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

What is it?

The Army Talent Alignment Process (ATAP) is a decentralized, regulated, market-style hiring system which aligns officers with jobs based on preferences. The ATAP uses more detailed information about officers and units than the traditional officer distribution system.

ATAP is transparent- all participating units and officers can see each other. Officers are matched to available assignments based on their preferences as well as those of their organization. Officer preferences are shaped by their unique Knowledge, Skills, and Behaviors (KSBs).

What are the current and past efforts of the Army?

The Army has developed and implemented the Army Talent Alignment Process following years of careful research and piloting among smaller groups.

  • Green Pages Program - Between 2010 and 2012, the Army developed a pilot program known as Green Pages which allowed Engineer officers to build professional resumes and advertise their talents. Through this process, the Army discovered 131 officers with undocumented advanced engineering certifications. This saved the Army over $28 million in producing the certificates.

  • AIM 2.0 Implementation - The Army distributed orders to over 12,000 officers during the 19-02 (Summer) distribution cycle through the Assignment Interactive Module (AIM) 2.0 program. AIM 2.0 allows officers to build professional resumes highlighting their unique KSBs.

  • ATAP First Iteration- The market for Assignment Cycle 20-01 (Winter 2019-20), the first in which officers and units were able to select and preference one another based on KSB-Ps, recently closed. These officers will begin Permanent Change of Station (PCS) moves starting in October 2019.

What continued efforts does the Army have planned?

The Army is developing a data-rich, information age approach to how it acquires, develops, employs, and retains the right talent. The Army will use information gathered through the Army Talent Alignment Process to gain better data on the KSB-Ps of its people and its organizations. This effort will help the Army create more effective programs to target the right talent, provide it with the right developmental opportunities, and offer the right retention incentives.

Why is this important to the Army?

Creating an Information Age Army includes incorporating modern methods of managing Soldiers' knowledge, skills, behaviors, and preferences. Army Talent Alignment Process gives officers the opportunity to choose from a wider variety of assignments which best suit their KSB-Ps. The organizations have access to a greater number of available officers to preference the right people for their teams. Talent Management enhances Army readiness by maximizing the talents of every person.

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  • [Army Releases New Talent Alignment Process] (https://www.army.mil/article/226576/army_releases_new_talent_alignment_process_video)

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People have different expectations of the workforce in the 21st Century in terms of family expectations. We must adapt to retain the best talent, which often has better options outside the Army.

- Maj. Gen. JP McGee, director, Army Talent Management Task Force

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