The Total Army must remain ready as the world’s premier combat force. That readiness relies upon people. After all, equipment does not learn, understand, innovate, build cohesive teams, or exercise judgment – people do. Human capabilities such as resiliency, critical thinking, comfort with ambiguity, and the ability to accept prudent risk and adjust rapidly all define our profession.
The Army People Strategy describes how we will shift from simply “distributing personnel” to more deliberately managing the talents of our Soldiers and Civilians. This means creating a 21st century talent management system with policies, programs, and processes that recognize and capitalize upon the unique knowledge, skills, and behaviors possessed by every member of the Army team, allowing us to employ each to maximum effect. Recognizing that our Soldiers and Civilians should have the best quality of life possible, Army Senior Leaders are also prioritizing improvements in our housing, healthcare, childcare, spouse employment, and permanent change of station moves.