Archive for January, 2012

Army Career Tracker Website Opens to Branch 12 (Engineer)

Army Career TrackerOn 23 January 2012, the Army Career Tracker website will officially open to all Engineer Officers.  Officers can log into https://actnow.army.mil/ for a “one-stop-shop” of Engineer-related news/information and career planning resources.

The Army Career Tracker (ACT) program, first unveiled to the enlisted force last summer, will provide officers with a personalized look at their training, education, and assignment history side by side with what their branch recommends as important.  Officers can then use this information to develop their personalized career plan.  ACT will offer leaders, raters, and mentors new ways of communicating with their Soldiers and monitoring their careers.  When an officer logs on, he/she will select their rater and any number of mentors of their choosing.  Then raters and other mentors will be able to view an officer’s education, training, and assignment history, as well as their future desires, during mentoring and counseling sessions.  ACT is designed to be accessed with a soldier’s Army Knowledge Online credentials and to seamlessly draw information from eight channels that support personnel, training and military/civilian education programs.

On the “Career Resources” tab, ACT will default to the Engineer Branch’s homepage where relevant and useful news and information will be posted.  On the “Officer” Tab, one will be able to review one’s past assignments, training, and self-development activities alongside what the Engineer Regiment recommends for that officer at his/her current and next higher pay grade.  The recommendations follow from chapter 14 of DA PAM 600-3, Commissioned Officer Professional Development and Career Management.  A useful feature of the website is printable Career Maps.  Most entries are hyperlinked to additional information to help officers make better informed decisions.  All engineer officers are encouraged to explore this new website and provide feedback to Engineer Personnel Development Office, leon.usaeshqrfi@conus.army.mil

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Changes Coming to the Engineer Officer Career Field

Gold Engineer CastleRecently, HQDA G1 approved an initiative by the U.S. Army Engineer School and Regimental HQs to merge the three current engineer officer areas of concentration (AOCs) into one (12A Engineer, General) and the creation of eight Skill Identifiers:

S4-Sapper Leader
W1-Facilities Planner
W2-Geospatial Engineer Officer
W3-Professional Engineer
W4-Degreed Engineer
W5-Project Management Professional
W6-Project Engineer
W7-Environmental Officer

On 25 October 2011, HQDA G1 published ALARACT 391-2011 outlining the way ahead.  All in all, about 30% of the officer positions on our MTOEs/TDAs will be coded with one of the above Skill Identifiers. The creation of these skill identifiers will better enable HRC and the Engineer Regiment to get the right officer with the right credentials to the right assignment. The implementation timeline is shown below:

1 NOV 11: Effective date for establishment of SI S4 (Sapper Leader).
1 APR 13: Effective date for establishment of SIs W1, W2, W3, W4, W5, W6, and W7 (all others).
1 OCT 13: Effective date for the deletion of AOC 12B and 12D.                                              �
NLT 1 OCT 13: Effective date for all TOEs/MTOEs/TDAs to be updated (FY14).

The Engineer Personnel Development Office (EPDO) has put together a paper to better explain the upcoming changes with the Engineer Officer Career Field. Those with AKO accounts can download the document at the following link: https://www.us.army.mil/suite/doc/34710491

If you have further questions, you may email the EPDO at leon.usaeshqrfi@conus.army.mil

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Engineer Commandant Signs New Strategic Officer Accessions Goal

STEMBrigadier General Duke Deluca, the 94th Engineer Regimental Commandant, recently signed a new strategic officer accession goal for the Engineer Regiment.  In an effort to increase technical competencies within the ranks, the new Engineer Regimental goal is to access 70% of the incoming officers who possess degrees in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM).  Of this 70%, the Regiment seeks 50% who hold an engineering degree with a preference to ABET-accredited engineering programs. 

Current and past operational deployments (OEF/OIF/OND) have mandated an increasing importance on both stability and civil support operations (Hurricane Katrina Response).  These types of operations place a premium on engineer leaders with the right base of knowledge, skills, and attributes.  Additionally at the captain and major ranks, select engineers are assigned to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) where they oversee civilian and military construction projects.  These positions often require officers with an advanced technical engineering degree and/or a professional engineer license; both of which can only be obtained by individuals that possess an engineering undergraduate degree.  The latest statistics on active duty engineer officers from Human Resources Command show that currently 48.5% of the engineer officer population possesses a STEM degree.

The Engineer Regiment is a technical sub-profession within the overall Profession of Arms.  The Regiment provides critical support to the defense of the Nation at home and abroad, in war and peace.  During this time of protracted conflict, it is imperative that the Engineer Regiment have technically competent engineer leaders and the primary means of achieving this is to access degreed engineers.  Now is the time to shape our officer accessions to ensure the most appropriate educational foundation possible.

 

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