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Army Acquisition Workforce Talent Management

Friday, August 30, 2019

What is it?

The Army Acquisition Workforce talent management is a strategically focused U.S. Army effort to align recruitment, training, development, and retention with the workforce needs and demands of a 21st century Army.

The Army defines talent management as the deliberate and coordinated process of optimizing leader development to improve individual and organizational capability to meet current and future Army requirements. The approximately 42,000 military and civilian professionals within the Army Acquisition Workforce (AAW) perform a critical mission to cultivate innovation, design the impossible, and provide Soldiers with what they need to be successful.

What are the current and past efforts of the Army?

The Army Director of Acquisition Career Management (DACM) Office, within the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics, and Technology, established a comprehensive and enduring AAW TM strategy to specifically address talent recruitment, identification, development, and retention through these programs:

  • AAW Centralized Recruitment Cell: addresses challenges in hiring acquisition professionals and fully utilize NDAA hiring authorities.
  • Centralized Civilian Selection Boards: like the Army’s Centralized Selection List (CSL) boards - identify high potential/high performing GS-14/GS-15, or broadband equivalent civilian acquisition professionals to fill product and project director positions within the ten Program Executive Offices.
  • Centralized leadership training and development programs: trains and develops mid-career acquisition professionals with leadership and supervisory potential for future leadership positions.
  • Civilian career models: Road maps for all thirteen Defense Acquisition Career Fields which can be utilized with Individual Development Plans (IDP).
  • Senior Rater Potential Evaluation (SRPE): A mandated talent management tool to assess Army Acquisition Workforce (AAW) civilian leadership potential.
  • Army Civilian Acquisition Student Loan Repayment Program: an annual program that facilitates the recruitment and retention of highly-qualified AAW members with critical acquisition skills.

What continued efforts does the Army have planned?

The AAW will continue to assess and improve programs and processes to acquire, train, develop, identify, and retain talent. Future efforts include the establishment of an AAW Civilian Human Resources Center of Excellence, an AAW civilian talent leadership development model which nests with Army leader competencies, and a centralized AAW supervisor and employee on-boarding process.

Why is this important to the Army?

As a senior leader priority, talent management is the key enabler for the AAW to ensure that the right person is in the right job at the right time to ensure the Army can thrive and ‘Win in a Complex World.”


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