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Personnel Readiness Transformation

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

What is it?

Personnel readiness is a combination of administrative and medical factors that determine if an individual is ready to deploy.

The U.S. Army is changing on how it reports the readiness of its personnel by managing Soldiers as “deployable or non-deployable” instead of “available.” The downsizing of the Army requires commanders to more efficiently manage their forces than in previous years. The commanders will measure personnel readiness using three metrics:

  • Total deployable strength
  • Assigned Military Occupational Specialty skills match
  • Deployable Senior Grade Composite level

What has the Army done?

Army Directive 2016-07 integrates redefined administrative and medical deployment determinations with a new readiness reporting process that streamlines reporting and adds transparency to enable commanders to more efficiently manage their forces. The medical changes include a new Commander’s Portal that provides single sign-on dashboard access to multiple medical databases and systems. A significant service-wide training effort began in February 2016 to educate leaders and medical providers on these changes.

What continued efforts have been planned for the future?

The new medical policies take effect June 1, 2016, and all new policies take effect starting with the July 2016 unit status reporting period.
Effective July 2016, Soldiers will be reported based on the definitions listed below.

  • Deployable: A Soldier under the direct operational control of the reporting unit, whether present or able to be present within 72 hours, who is in compliance with all required personnel readiness standards and not restricted from deploying to perform the unit’s core designed and assigned missions.
  • Nondeployable: A Soldier who is restricted from worldwide deployment for a unit’s core designed or assigned mission because the Soldier:
  • Does not meet the baseline individual readiness standards for worldwide deployment as defined in Army Regulations
  • Does not meet a combatant commander’s mission-specific individual readiness standards when tailored for accomplishment of an assigned mission
  • Cannot be under the direct operational control of the reporting unit (not able to be present within 72 hours)
  • Has not graduated from a course awarding an area of concentration or military occupational specialty
  • Is determined by their commander to be nondeployable for any other reason not stated above (commander’s call).

Why is this important to the Army?

Readiness is the Army’s number one priority and the scope and pace of the Army’s downsizing has made personnel readiness more critical to a unit’s ability to accomplish its mission. This new integrated process will allow commanders to more effectively manage, communicate, and report the readiness of their Soldiers, and maximizing the deployability of their unit.


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