Army to Make Big Changes as it Engages in a ‘War for Talent’

The Army is undertaking a major effort to redesign its antiquated personnel system as it engages in a “war for talent,” said the secretary of the service June 13.

In the future, “we must make the best use of all of our talent if we are to stay ahead of our very capable adversaries,” said Mark Esper. To that end, the Army is overhauling how it organizes, trains and equips its force.

“The current system — as effective as it has been in the past — simply will not allow us to optimize the potential of our workforce going forward,” he said during remarks at the Women In Defense annual conference in Arlington, Virginia. Women In Defense is an affiliate of the National Defense Industrial Association.


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