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

said.