Gen. Daniel B. Allyn, the Vice Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army, talked to the U.S. Army Recruiting Command leaders, about critical role they will play in shaping the force during the Annual Leaders Training Conference at Fort Knox, Kentucky.
Photo by Nick Gioia
By Tom Byrd
USAREC Public Affairs
Feb. 17, 2016
Senior Army leaders addressed the future of the Army and the critical role that U.S. Army Recruiting Command will play in shaping the force during the Annual Leaders Training Conference at Fort Knox, Kentucky, recently.
Gen. Daniel B. Allyn, the Vice Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army, noted the missions of the Army are not decreasing and why it's important for USAREC to recruit the best possible Soldiers.
"Operations in today's complex environment place an enormous premium on the quality of the young men and women serving at every echelon of our Army," Allyn said. "Our Army must continue to identify, recruit, develop and retain those that demonstrate a unique character and great capacity for resilience."
Allyn addressed the growing number of threats to the U.S. and our allies.
"It is in this unstable and unpredictable world that our military is called to lead," he said.
Allyn identified multiple locations where the Army is currently serving to demonstrate the importance of building and maintaining an agile and ready force of the future.
He called on the leaders in the room, and throughout the Army, to continue being engaged leaders.
"Our Army is counting on you to help cultivate a culture in our Army where competent and committed leaders lead through adversity and thrive in uncertainty and chaos," Allyn said.
USAREC leaders also had the opportunity to engage U.S. Army Deputy Chief of Staff, G-1, Lt. Gen. James C. McConville, during the conference.
McConville started off reminding everyone that at the core of the Army are the people.
"When you think about the services, the Navy is ships, the Air Force planes, and the Army is people," he said. "You're in the people business and you're about bringing the talent in."
McConville talked about the future end strength of the Army and the force-shaping tools available to ensure the right people are in the right place at the right time.
"We're setting up a talent management task force and you all sit in the acquire piece," he said. "You bring in the talent that is high-quality, well educated, and a well-trained, lethal Army who thrives and wins in a complex world."
McConville outlined what qualities the Army expects in the Soldiers we're recruiting.
"What we're looking for are Soldiers that are resilient, fit, Soldiers of character who can become these competent, committed, agile, and adaptive leaders who can form these cohesive teams of trusted professionals," he said.
"When you think about it, the only way we can grow the Army is through recruiting," McConville said.