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TODAY’S FOCUS ARCHIVE ABOUT
Noncommissioned Officer 2020 Strategy
Tuesday, February 23, 2016
What is it?
Leader development is fundamental to the
readiness of the U.S. Army. The
Noncommissioned Officer 2020 (NCO 2020)
Strategy provides vision and guidance on the
ends, ways and means for developing NCOs who
are prepared for the challenges of an uncertain
Led by U.S. Army Training and Doctrine
Command’s Institute of Noncommissioned
Officer Professional Development, NCO 2020
will fundamentally change the
Noncommissioned Officer Education System into
the NCO Professional Development System, or
What has the Army done?
The NCO 2020 Strategy was developed through
a data-driven, analytical process that examined
the current NCO development model using the
Army Leader Development Strategy, the Enlisted
Desired Leader Attributes for Joint Force 2020,
the Army Learning Concept and the Army
Central to this strategy is that all leaders
understand their responsibility for developing
new leaders by teaching, training and providing
the supporting experiences Soldiers need to
grow. Leaders must also emphasize career-long
learning as essential to development and force
NCOPDS will adhere to seven leader
development imperatives that guide policy and
actions in developing NCOs with enduring leader
Commitment to the Army Profession, lifelong learning and development.
Balance the Army’s commitment to the training, education and experience of leader development.
Manage talent to benefit the institution and the individual.
Select and develop leaders with positive leader attributes and proficiency in core leadership competencies.
Prepare adaptive and creative NCOs capable of operating within a complex operational environment.
Embed mission command principles in leader development.
Value a broad range of leader experiences and developmental opportunities.
What continued efforts are planned for the future?
In this decade, the NCO Corps must evolve to
optimize human performance.
NCOPDS will operationalize the concepts
outlined in the NCO 2020 Strategy, which is
organized into three efforts:
(1) Development. NCOs develop as leaders
through deliberate processes, incorporating
training, education and experience throughout
the Soldier lifecycle.
(2) Talent Management. NCOs expand core
military occupational specialty proficiency
through developmental opportunities.
(3) Stewardship of the Profession. NCOs
strengthen the corps by emphasizing their role
in building and sustaining trust; improving
military expertise; exemplifying honorable
service; and fostering esprit de corps.
To inform Soldiers on the latest in NCOPDS, on
March 3, 2016, from 5-7 p.m. EST, TRADOC will
host a State of NCO Development Town Hall.
Topics of discussion include promotions, NCO
evaluation reports, broadening and course
Why is it important to the Army?
TRADOC is revolutionizing how the Army
develops NCOs through Soldier feedback,
modern teaching techniques, combat lessons
learned and civilian academic institutions.
U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command
Institute of Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development
NCO 2020 Strategy
ADRP 1: Army Profession
TRADOC Pam 525-8-2: The U.S. Army Learning Concept
Straight from the CSM
7 Changes to NCO Development
STEP provides noncommissioned officers roadmap to promotion
NCO Evaluation Report
The Army Learning Concept – 2015
Army Leader Development Strategy 2013
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FOCUS QUOTE FOR THE DAY
NCO’s will be as critical as ever in
our Army’s abilities to win our
nation’s wars. We must leverage
our experiences to prepare our
Soldiers and develop the future
NCO Corps to meet those
challenges and remain ready as
the world’s premier combat force.
– Commanding Gen. David G. Perkins and Command Sgt. Maj. David S. Davenport
Sr., U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command, in their joint foreword in the
NCO 2020 Strategy, regarding the operation of non commissioned officers
in a complex world
NCO 2020 Strategy
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