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Ashton Carter: DoD Eyes New Programs to Attract Future Troops, Civilian Talent

Ashton Carter
Ashton Carter

Defense Secretary Ashton Carter said Thursday at George Washington University that the Defense Department will introduce multiple programs to encourage talented people to join DoD’s civilian or military workforce, DoD News reported Thursday.

“In the face of generational, technological and labor market changes, we in the Pentagon must think outside our five-sided box and try to make ourselves even better at attracting talent from new generations of Americans,” Carter told GWU students.

Carter noted DoD is looking to expand its internship program, form a digital service team and extend the Secretary of Defense Corporate Fellowship to non-commissioned officers as part of the department’s Force of the Future initiative.

He also discussed the department’s efforts to overhaul the military retirement system and expand a program that works to match service members’ skills to assignments with a LinkedIn-style application, DoD News reports.

He added he plans to ask Congress to make DoD’s Career Intermission Program permanent and will announce new civilian workforce management and military officer promotion systems in the coming months.

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