Seizing Opportunities & Creating Successful Outcomes

By Lamont, Thomas R. | Army, October 2010 | Go to article overview

Seizing Opportunities & Creating Successful Outcomes

Lamont, Thomas R., Army

Manpower and Reserve Affairs

I have been truly honored to serve our Army's soldiers, civilians and families over the last 18 months as the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Manpower and Reserve Affairs (M&RA). Year after year and deployment after deployment, a small percentage of our nation's sons and datighters serve in our Army despite the hardships and danger that accompany their profession of arms. America owes these men and women a tremendous debt of gratitude and must never forget the soldiers we have lost and the loved ones they have left behind.

Simply stated, M&RA's mission is to supervise Army manpower and reserve component affairs and oversee numerous functional areas including recruiting, readiness, mobilization, manpower, medical and health affairs, review of soldier records, and the Army's Equal Employment Opportunity and diversity programs. I would like to share several things we've accomplished over the last year and provide a glimpse of where our Army is headed in the near future.


Since the October 2009 article, we have reorganized M&RA in a way that will provide better support to the force. My intent has been to achieve greater engagement with Army leaders and to ensure that civilian strategic guidance is incorporated into appropriate plans and actions.

The Secretary of the Army aligned the Army Diversity Office within the M&RA Diversity and Leadership Division to foster enterprise-wide integration of the Army's diversity principles into all aspects of human capital and leader development. This reorganization will allow the Army to implement a comprehensive diversity strategy across all components that positions the Army to recruit, develop and retain the best of America's diverse talent while enhancing mission capabilities through the diverse attributes, experiences and backgrounds of our personnel.

The Army also realigned the Civilian Senior Leader Management Office (CSLMO) under M&RA this year. CSLMO has continued performing its mission under our organization, making tremendous strides in managing Senior Executive Service talent and developing innovative systems used across the Department of Defense.

Included in the M&RA transformation was a reorganization of our personnel directorate, which was split into the Civilian Personnel/ Family Policy Directorate and the Military Personnel Directorate. We anticipate that this change will provide better support of the Army's Human Capital Strategy.

The Human Capital Strategy acknowledges that soldiers are the centerpiece of the Army. Our strategy focuses on the ways and means by which the Army needs to prepare soldiers, their families and Army civilians - from accession to separation - in a future operational environment subject to persistent conflict across the range of military operations. We will provide a focused direction for a healthy, fit, resilient, values-based all-volunteer force prepared and ready for the operational challenges of the 21st century in joint, interagency, intergovernmental and multinational environments.


In the coming year, M&RA aims to respond strategically to the unprecedented demands on the National Guard and Army Reserve by developing an operational reserve component force. Nine years ago, few of us could have predicted the reserve components' current indispensable role in national security. Since September 11, 2001, the Army Reserve and Army National Guard have mobilized for a number of global commitments, including Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Iraqi Freedom, Joint Task Force Guantanamo, Kosovo, and the Multinational Force and Observers on the Sinai Peninsula. This decade of achieving wartime missions, while still serving in domestic emergencies, validates the need to make institutional the policies, procedures and legislation conducive to achieving the most efficient utilization of the total force. …

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