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Changes to Military Pay for “Force of the Future” Soldiers: Part Two | U.S. PATRIOT NEWS & REVIEWS

Changes to Military Pay for “Force of the Future” Soldiers: Part Two

Continued from Part One

In a recent speech given at George Washington University, Carter said that with so many dangers being present in this day and age, students should think about starting their careers with the military. He also said that he understand that not everyone who may want to help America will want to put on the uniform. There are other ways that highly skilled personnel can assist, especially in the fight against ISIS.

In part, he said: “You don’t often hear these thoughts from a Secretary of Defense, but they’re all critical to building what I call our “force of the future” to boost retention and recruitment.” Carter went on to say: “While the military cannot and should not replicate all aspects of the private sector, we can and should borrow best practices, technologies, and personnel management techniques in common sense ways that work, so that in future generations, we’ll keep attracting people of the same high caliber we have today.”

Secretary of Defense Carter would like to attract  top technology talent to the military as part of his "Force of the Future" plan
Secretary of Defense Carter would like to attract top technology talent to the military as part of his “Force of the Future” plan

In addition, he said that he wanted to make it easier for college grads to choose the military through the use of various internship programs. The Pentagon is also setting up what he called the Defense Digital Service. This service is aimed at bringing in new skills, especially in tech, to work for a certain amount of time, on a certain project, to solve a variety of problems that the Defense Department is facing. Carter went to say that he plans on hiring a chief recruiting officer into the Pentagon to approach highly skilled executives with the aim of bringing them into military work and research. They will work in high-level civilian positions.

Carter told the students: “We put a lot of effort into staying on the cutting edge with weapons technology, and it’s time we did the same in how we manage our people. We’re going to launch LinkedIn-style pilot programs that help match up service members looking for their next assignment with units who are looking for qualified people to fill an opening.” As unusual as it may seem, he added: “Think of a soldier logging on, setting up a profile, seeing what they’re qualified for, and selecting what they want to do, while the unit looking to bring someone on sees the profiles that fit their criteria, and chooses who they’re interested in.”

Carter also mentioned that his “Force of the Future” plan is only the beginning of changes that he wants to make in the Department to improve performance and efficiency.

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Robert Partain

Robert Partain has been a professional writer for over 25 years. He spent ten years on active duty in the Army working as a medic and training NCO. While he covers any topic associated with military life, he specializes in writing about legislation that can affect active duty service members and veterans. Robert currently lives in the small town of Arab, Alabama.
Robert Partain

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