The commanding general of the U.S. Army Human Resources Command visited Fort Bragg Aug. 5 through 9 to discuss upcoming changes the Army will be facing.
Over the four-day visit, Maj. Gen. Richard P. Mustion, Army Human Resources Command commanding general, and his team of HRC senior leaders, led several briefings to discuss the new officer evaluation report, conducted noncommissioned officer development sessions and informed Soldiers about the future force of the Army.
“We’re here to provide an update to the leaders and
Soldiers on Fort Bragg on the many personnel program changes, the shaping of our Army and the intended strategy for that, as
we move into the future,” Mustion said.
One significant change discussed was the new OER, which will be
implemented between December 2013 and April 2014. It will replace the current OER, which has been in effect since 1997.
“It is a mature and dated system and it’s not consistent today with our Army
doctrine for leadership. It also doesn’t reinforce leader development at the lowest levels,” said Mustion of the current OER.”
According to Mustion, some of the important changes are how the Army assesses leaders while keeping them accountable and placing specific roles and missions on the raters and senior raters.
“As we move into the future, first-line supervisors of our officers will purely focus on the officer’s performance of duties related to attributes and competencies. We will ask our raters to identify our very best performers,” explained Mustion.
“The senior raters will be asked to exclusively focus their assessment on an officer’s potential: potential for increased responsibility, potential for increased
promotions and ability to continue to serve our Army at higher levels,” Mustion continued.
Mustion said that the new OER would ensure leader development at the lowest level, identify the best leaders in performance and potential and evaluate officers with the attributes and competencies that are expected in the officer corps.
“It will take us three to five years after we transition to this new evaluation report to be able to do some comparative analysis, but we’re confident the program, the path we’re on, the changes that we will implement, will improve the quality of our officer corps, increase the focus on leader development and fundamentally shift our officer corps as we move into the future,” he explained.
Another hot topic covered during the four-day
visit, was the shaping of the force, and as the Army downsizes, how many Soldiers will be transitioned out.
“We are going to through this reduction in force in a very deliberate manner and in a manner that ensures the readiness of the United States Army and also ensures that we take care of Soldiers as we transition them out of the Army,” Mustion said.
He stressed that the Army has learned from its previous drawdown in the 1990’s and said the Army is going to take care of the Soldiers and Family members and provide them with the care, compassion and support that they need to effectively transition out of the Army in an orderly fashion.
“As I’ve traveled around the Army and here at Fort Bragg, uncertainty is the biggest concern Soldiers
and Family members have raised,” Mustion said.
“Our Army has a tremendous (force of) noncommissioned officers and officers, and while we’d love to retain every single one of them as we shape our Army for the future, that probably is not possible.” Mustion said.
Mustion said that by visiting with Soldiers across the Army, it has allowed him to make sure that the Army has the right picture of managing the force. In doing so, they will be able to balance and optimize the readiness of the force, while continuing to recognize the Soldiers and their contr ibutions.
“Every Soldier is important to the United States Army and we are going to continue to treat all of our Soldiers with the care and compassion they deserve, that they’ve earned,” Mustion