Army

November 22, 2013

5 things to know about Soldier 2020

A Soldier assigned to the 1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, carries ammunition cans during a task in the Army’s Physical Demand Study at Fort Hood, Texas, Sept. 13.

FORT EUSTIS, Va. — U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command, or TRADOC, is currently leading two efforts within Soldier 2020, the Army’s plan to integrate women into previously closed military occupational specialties. As these efforts continue to shape the future of the force, there are five things to remember about TRADOC and Soldier 2020:

1. It’s about standards.

TRADOC’s first effort, in collaboration with U.S. Army Medical Command’s U.S. Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine, or USARIEM, is a study of the physical demands required for each military occupational specialty, or MOS, throughout the Army, beginning with MOSs currently closed to women.

TRADOC and USARIEM have identified the critical physically demanding MOS specific tasks. Applying scientific rigor and methodology, USARIEM is using laboratory equipment to instrument Soldiers while they carry out these tasks. These measurements will determine the physiological capabilities such as strength, endurance and energy that an individual must have to complete specific tasks to acceptable standards. These measurements will also help the Army establish clear, updated standards across the force.

“Soldier 2020 is about a standards-based Army; upholding the standards of our profession — the Army Profession,” said Command Sgt. Maj. Daniel Dailey, TRADOC senior enlisted adviser. “Our work will allow us to match the right Soldiers, regardless of whether they are men or women, to jobs that best correspond to their abilities.”

2. It’s about leadership.

TRADOC’s second effort, led by the TRADOC Analysis Center, is an extensive study of the institutional and cultural factors associated with integrating women into previously closed MOSs.

Using focus groups, interviews, surveys, Soldier feedback, an ongoing literature review and collaboration with numerous outside agencies, TRAC’s effort will not only study current policies and processes, but will also look at potential implementation strategies and possible barriers to success that may be driven by culture and tradition.

“As we move toward integrating women into previously closed occupations, we must do so with the understanding that the leadership and culture of a unit — the history, lineage and social dynamics — are crucial to successfully dealing with changes that will occur,” said Col. Lynette Arnhart, TRAC’s Fort Leavenworth, Kan., deputy director and senior military analyst.

3. It’s about doing it right.

Gen. Robert Cone, commanding general of TRADOC, said the studies will take time in order to be successful and must be done right in order to maintain the credibility of the institution while improving standards throughout the Army.

“The combat readiness of our Army must remain the first priority,” Cone said. “While this integration requires a well-thought out approach, I am confident we can do this right and improve the total force.”

During a visit earlier this year to Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., Sgt. Maj. of the Army Raymond Chandler III said the changes won’t — and shouldn’t — happen overnight, but rather, they should be deliberate and incremental.

“The first and largest obstacle the Army must overcome for integration is the culture,” Chandler said. “There is still a perception in some parts of the Army that female Soldiers won’t be able to do the same things as their male counterparts, or that we won’t be as successful if we have them in combat arms organizations. I think the people saying these things are a vocal minority.”

4. It’s about Soldiers.

Using a standards-based approach, Soldier 2020 aims to remove barriers, thereby giving every Soldier the opportunity to serve in any position where he or she is capable of performing to the standard, according to TRADOC’s commanding general.

“Soldier 2020 holds the promise of improving quality across our warfighting formations, while providing a level field upon which all Soldiers can succeed based upon talent,” Cone said.

Additionally, the Army will be better able to select and train Soldiers – regardless of gender or age – who are able to safely perform the physically demanding tasks of the MOS, with the goal of fewer training injuries.

“There are Soldiers right now in almost every MOS who are not capable of doing their jobs,” said Marilyn Sharp, USARIEM research scientist and project lead investigator for Soldier 2020. “And not only are they the ones who probably get passed over for promotion, but they’re the ones who get hurt because they’re in a job they’re not physically qualified for.”

Fewer injuries mean stronger Soldiers, and stronger Soldiers means a stronger Army.

5. It’s about building a stronger Army.

The Army of the future will require mental agility, teamwork and resilience from all Soldiers, regardless of gender, and the goal is to identify, select and train the best-qualified Soldiers for each job, which ultimately strengthens the Army’s future force.

“In the end, we will only get better because all of our Soldiers — men and women — continue proving themselves as highly capable warriors on a daily basis, Cone said. “By expanding opportunities and assignments for women, we will only strengthen the force.”




All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.


 
 

 
Tanja Linton

Intelligence Senior Leader Conference maps out ‘way ahead’

Tanja Linton U.S. Army Intelligence Center of Excellence Commander Maj. Gen. Robert Ashley opened the Intelligence Senior Leaders Conference at the Intelligence System Integration Laboratory Dec. 10. Senior intelligence leaders...
 
 

HOLIDAY SAFETY MESSAGE

The end of the year is a great time to take a moment to reflect on our many accomplishments at Fort Huachuca and as an Army. I want to thank everyone for their hard work and dedication as we continue to build on our accomplishments and enhance America’s fighting force. Many of us will be...
 
 

What makes chaplain assistants unique

SAN ANTONIO — As the U.S. Army Installation Management Command chaplain assistant sergeant major, I am proud of all the chaplain assistants supporting our Soldiers, Families and Civilians. We are celebrating 105 years since the Army officially introduced this unique Military Occupational Specialty, or MOS. The Army officially created the position of chaplain assistant On...
 

 
Sgt. Jarred Woods, 1st Sustainment Command (Theater)

Looking for career progression? Join Civilian Expeditionary Workforce

Sgt. Jarred Woods, 1st Sustainment Command (Theater) Department of the Army Civilians inspect a base expeditionary targeting surveillance systems-combined tower before transferring it over to the Afghan National Army near Kabul...
 
 

Colonel Smith MS Panthers end perfect basketball season

It was an exciting, perfect season for the Smith Panthers, a boy’s basketball team at Colonel Smith Middle School. The 14-member team started the season winning 3-0 at the three season tournament. During the regular season the team kept winning, ending their games 9-0. They also won during the CAC Championship. “[That’s] 14-0 wins total,”...
 
 

Fort community donates items in big way

From left, Warren “Russ” Barnes, logistics officer, shows Deborah Bohn, budget analyst, and Sheri York, RAYTHEON site lead, how to ride one of 55 bikes the 2nd-13th Aviation Regiment collected for the Fort Huachuca toy drive this year. This week, chapel personnel distributed toys and clothing collected from many units and organizations on Fort Huachuca...
 




0 Comments


Be the first to comment!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>


Directory powered by Business Directory Plugin