Charleston Chapter – MOAA Charleston Chapter – MOAA
Charleston Chapter – MOAA Charleston Chapter – MOAA
Member Login    News    Photos    Event Calendar      
ARMY    MARINE CORPS    NAVY    AIRFORCE    SPACE FORCE    COAST GUARD    NOAA    USPHS
Charleston Chapter – MOAA


Recent News:
(Published in last 30 days)


Charleston Chapter – MOAA
Date Posted:12/21/21
This Story Expires on: 01/30/22
Volunteers lay wreaths on all 14,500 veterans’ graves in National Cemetery of the Alleghenies

Date Posted:12/21/21
This Story Expires on: 02/15/22
CRDP and CRSC Open Season Begins in January

Date Posted:12/21/21
This Story Expires on: 03/31/22
Holiday money saving tips for military families: ‘The Spouse Angle’ podcast

Date Posted:12/21/21
This Story Expires on: 04/16/22
Military Retirees, Disabled Veterans to See Largest Pay Raise in Decades for 2022

Date Posted:12/21/21
This Story Expires on: 03/31/22
Troops to Teachers program to restart under just passed defense bill

Date Posted:12/21/21
This Story Expires on: 03/31/22
GI Bill housing stipend protections enacted for vets whose classes were upended by the pandemic

Date Posted:12/21/21
This Story Expires on: 03/31/22
Student vets taking remote classes next semester will still get full GI Bill benefits thanks to new plan

Date Posted:12/21/21
This Story Expires on: 04/30/22
A Common Concern Veterans Aren't Talking About

Date Posted:12/21/21
This Story Expires on: 03/31/22
Why federal employment after the military is a great option

Date Posted:12/16/21
This Story Expires on: 03/15/22
New Air Force Rules Allow Hands in Pockets, Slew of Uniform and Appearance Changes

Date Posted:12/16/21
This Story Expires on: 03/31/22
How to Evaluate Offers, Get More $$$ and Avoid a Bridge Job After the Military

This Story Expires on: 04/16/22
U.S. Navy’s Blue Angels visit Joint Base Charleston ahead of Air Expo

Date Posted:12/15/21
This Story Expires on: 03/31/22
Florida International Air Show postponed for 2022; Thunderbirds to headline in 2023

Date Posted:12/06/21
This Story Expires on: 02/28/22
Mail delays have prompted the Department of Veterans Affairs to extend some response times. (Courtesy of House.gov)

Date Posted:12/06/21
This Story Expires on: 03/31/22
Master Class: Spouse

Date Posted:12/03/21
This Story Expires on: 04/30/22
More Birth Support on the Way for Military Moms

Date Posted:12/03/21
This Story Expires on: 04/30/22
Veterans have a choice

Date Posted:12/03/21
This Story Expires on: 01/31/22
Biden closes Veterans Month by signing a series of VA reform measures

Chapter News   
Register for News Story Emails

Army ROTC embraces cadet preferences in new talent management push
This Story Expires on: 12/31/21


Maj. Gen. Johnny Davis thanks cadets from Bowie State University for helping with the annual AUSA conference in Washington, D.C., Oct. 11, 2021. (Kyle Crawford/Army)


By Davis Winkie

The Army is undertaking a massive push to improve the way it manages its talent throughout the force. And the service’s leading source for officers is implementing those principles at the earliest stage of an officer’s career — before it even begins.

Army Cadet Command’s Reserve Officers Training Corps produces the majority of the service’s officers.

Until recently, the primary consideration when assigning young lieutenants to one of the Army’s 17 basic branches was the nebulous “needs of the Army,” along with an order of merit list that ranked every single cadet who was competing for an active-duty commission.

“Being an ROTC grad myself...what I went through years ago [was] really driven by the needs of the Army,” Maj. Gen. Johnny Davis told Army Times at the Association of the U.S. Army annual meeting Tuesday morning.

Davis took command of the Fort Knox, Kentucky-based Cadet Command in August and sat down for a one-on-one interview.

“What’s very different is that this is, I believe, more transparent than ever...compared to how I went through the branching sequence [more than] 30 years ago,” the general added.

Now the branching process takes into account the skills, talents and preferences of cadets. The process includes a new web portal where cadets take a talent assessment exam, learn what talents each branch wants, and submit their resume and preferred branches.

A key part of the new initiative, Davis explained, was a concerted effort to educate cadets on the importance of taking the talent assessments seriously and devoting time to learning about the branches.

“[Cadets] have to be more transparent...[they] need to be part of this process,” Davis said. “Or else, we may potentially have superstars who land in a branch that’s not one of their preferred branches...retain[ing] that talent is going to be harder if that’s not one of the branches they want to land in.”

For the first time, cadets are conducting branch interviews via video conferencing, which will allow them and representatives from the different branches to assess their mutual fit.

“Some interviewed with 15 branches; others interviewed with [only] two or three,” Davis noted. “It gives you the opportunity to educate yourself, and we have opened the doors to allow that to happen.”

Davis thinks that improving the talent management process and finding mutual fits between cadets and the job that they’ll hold as officers will increase the quality, morale and retention of junior leaders across the force.

“Once you land in the right job, all of the other things start to fall in place throughout your military career,” Davis said. “This is a good thing for the force, and I think it’s a good way to retain talent, and then continue to manage that talent throughout a successful career.”

The results of the first talent-based branching cycle will release soon, Davis said.



Return to News Stories
Charleston Chapter – MOAA
Charleston Chapter – MOAA

· Copyright ©2022 Charleston Chapter – MOAA P.O. Box 70421 Charleston SC 29415 ·
· Contact Charleston Chapter – MOAA · Editorial and Privacy Policy · Webmaster · Browser and Email Settings ·