The 2nd State of Non-Commissioned Officer (NCO) Development Town Hall took place on June 23rd where changes in NCO professional development were discussed.
A number of cadre members attended the event that was live streamed at the Olive Theater at Ft. Knox, KY in order to learn more about the roads to promotion and changes in requirements for rank advancement.
The town hall meeting was comprised of four parts: a panel discussion moderated by Master Sgt. Michael Lavigne, an announcement from Command Sgt. Maj. Scott Schroeder, a discussion with three leaders from the U.S. Army Sergeant Major Academy and another discussion with previous speakers after a brief break. The panel consisted of Command Sgt. Maj. David Davenport, training strategy and program analyst Troy Natress, training plans manager Jefferey Wells, and Dr. Aubrey G. Butts, who is the director at the office of NCO professional development. The event was hosted by U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command and the Institute for Non-Commissioned Officer Professional Development and lasted for about an hour and a half.
The first town hall meeting was a success, according to Command Sgt. Maj. Davenport, with over 18 countries, 300 people in chat rooms and over 1 million social media accounts reached. The town halls are particularly successful due to the multi-platform access Soldiers have. By using #TRADOCtownhall on Facebook, Twitter and the forum on the website, it was easy for senior enlisted leaders to answer questions posed by viewers.
Topics included standardizing education for Army schools, how Common Core establishes a standard for individual education and support for the Army Total Force Policy. Education for Soliders and NCOs has undergone recent changes which were discussed, like the requirement for professional military education (PME) courses being completed before promotion. Viewers were informed about the new Master Leaders Course (MLC), which is a 15-day program for NCOs to increase their communication skills, problem solving and understand readiness.
Also discussed was the new ArmyU, which encompasses all Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC) schools and will provide a single point of contact for all Army education. Emphasis was placed on the opportunities that are continuously being developed for NCOs and the importance of retaining a quality NCO.
Such meetings are necessary for dispersing important information. With changes being made that affect multiple people, having regular town hall meetings ensures that the right people are on the right track.