Lt. Gen. James McConville, the U.S. Army‘s deputy chief of staff, has said the service branch plans to update its personnel management system in an effort to gain knowledge on the behaviors and skills of active-duty and reserve troops.
He said in an interview published Monday that the branch seeks an integrated personnel and pay system that will contain all personnel records and offer visibility across the entire force.
“We also want to know what soldiers want to do and where they want to go.”
“If we can match these desires and have them do the things they are passionate about where they want to do them, we think we will be a much better Army going forward.”
The updated system will work to define soldiers with other variables such as countries visited, language skills, airborne or assault qualification, number of combat deployments, certification and hobbies to have an idea of what each individual can contribute to the Army, according to McConville.
He added the effort aligns with the chief of staff’s readiness priority which covers four factors including equipping, manning, leader development and training.
The service branch also seeks to add new screening measures in a push to recruit the best quality soldiers needed for future missions.