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Army Corps of Engineers Wants More STEM Talent; Thomas Bostick Comments

Lt. Gen. Thomas Bostick
Lt. Gen. Thomas Bostick

The Army Corps of Engineers is concerned about a shortage of potential candidates to succeed retiring employees who specialize in science, technology, engineering and math, Federal News Radio reported Wednesday.

Jared Serbu writes Lt. Gen. Thomas Bostick, the commanding general of the Army Corps of Engineers, said in a conference call that the command faces hurdles in recruiting and maintaining a diverse group of STEM talent.

“The risks are that you don’t have the technical competency in the numbers that you need to accomplish your mission,” Bostick told reporters.

Nineteen percent of the Corps’ 36,600 workforce qualify for immediate retirement and 22 percent qualify for early retirement, according to group’s latest human capital plan.

The Corps signed a memorandum of agreement with the Defense Department Education Activity to promote STEM education, the report says.

“We can support teachers as they think about how to implement engineering and design,” Bostick said, adding, “We think we can help with student awareness, talk about career opportunities and invite them out for field trips.”

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