Vital course wraps up at Shafter

| December 23, 2016 | 0 Comments

Cory Hancock
U.S. Army Force Management Support Agency

FORT SHAFTER — Civilians and Soldiers from across the Pacific were introduced to the basics of manpower and force management during the Manpower and Force Management Course, held here, Dec. 5-16.

“In a time of resource constraints, it is very important to understand how to articulate your organization’s needs, whether (they)  be manpower or equipment,” said Sgt. Maj. Ryan M. Meurer, senior enlisted adviser, 94th Army Air and Missile Defense Command, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam. “It is important to understand that process and to know what data and information Headquarters Department of the Army needs to validate your request.”

The course is structured to introduce Army civilians and service members to the manpower and force management policies, processes and products.

Screen shot of Army Logistics University

Screen shot of Army Logistics University

Course work includes study on strategy, manpower requirements determination and resource management, all to enhance operational capabilities and improve efficiencies. The course was presented by Army Logistics University.

The course covered many of the principles and terminology manpower and force managers use to build the structures and organizations that will enable the Army to continue to win in an increasingly complex world.  Documents such as Tables of Distributions and Allowances and Modified Tables of Equipment were outlined and students were also able to work in small groups to redesign a fictitious Army organization.

“I am pretty new to the manpower and force management field, so it is a good perspective on how the entire Department of the Army organization runs,” said Kevin Needham, manpower analyst, U.S. Army Garrison-Japan.

“This course has given me good insight into how manpower and force management plays a key role within that,” Needham continued. “The thing I deal with most back at home station has to do with TDA and augmentation, so the most interesting part of the course for me has been learning how the requirements and authorizations are crucial to each role and my part in ensuring that our positions can remain the most relevant.”

More than 40 students from Hawaii, Japan and Korea attended the course. The class was a mix of Soldiers and civilians. The Manpower and Force Management Course is the foundation course of Civilian Career Program 26.

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