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Friday, February 19, 2021

What is it?

U.S. Army’s Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) recruiting efforts play a critical role in supporting Defense Department national security efforts and enables the United States to remain an economic and technological leader.

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) has developed outreach and recruiting practices in support of Army Priorities to ensure timely-hiring and retention of world class talent. USACE is dedicated to ensuring a diverse and well-educated engineering workforce by increasing understanding of and interest in engineering and technology careers.

What are the current and past efforts of the Army?

USACE is one of the largest recruiters of STEM disciplines in the federal government and attracts the best civilian STEM talent through strategic national recruitment events and university outreach programs.

USACE has been providing engineering solutions for the nation’s greatest challenges since 1775. As the world’s largest public engineering firm, USACE is teaming with others to strengthen STEM-related programs by:

  • Building STEM communities. Army engineer outreach to high schools and colleges encourages interest in STEM opportunities and topics. In partnership with Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA), and many local school systems around the United States, USACE is leveraging their engineers and scientists to engage students with real-life, USACE-related STEM projects.

  • Connecting with college students. Through formal partnerships with colleges and universities, USACE offers student internships at the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center, labs, divisions and districts across the country. USACE was named #3 employer of choice as a Top Supporter of HBCUs by U.S. Black Engineer in 2020. In 2021, USACE will hold the first Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs) career fair.

  • Engaging local communities. USACE STEM leaders are transferring knowledge to educators through teacher externships. The information is used to develop STEM curricula for students. To help address the nation’s STEM challenge, USACE employees participate in mentorship programs, science fairs, robotics competitions, teacher-training workshops, recreational events, STEM camps and other educational opportunities.

What continued efforts does the Army have planned?

USACE will continue to work with Civilian Personnel Advisory Centers (CPACs) to reduce hiring time while promoting better onboarding practices, and improving retention using inclusive policies and developmental opportunities.

Army STEM professionals continue to play a crucial role in the growth and welfare of the nation by solving the toughest challenges.

Why is this important to the Army?

A talented workforce with robust STEM capabilities is critical to the success of U.S. military missions. Recruiting Army civilians into STEM specialties helps to keep the Army modernized and ready. This effort enables the United States to remain an economic and technological leader


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Focus Quote for the Day

Great engineering is dependent on a solid foundation of Mathematics and Science. To build our capability for the future, I encourage USACE engineers to look for ways to mentor students and teachers to explore engineering. Make time to pay it forward by developing and supporting local STEM efforts in your area… USACE remains the largest employer of female STEM professionals in the U.S. Government!

— Lt. Gen. Scott A. Spellmon, 55th Chief of Engineers and commanding general of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers