Employees in seven more Civilian Career Programs now have access to Army Career Tracker, the Army's first comprehensive leader development and career management tool that integrates training, assignment history, education and experiential learning into one personalized, user-friendly online interface for all personnel.
First implemented for enlisted Soldiers, ACT expanded to officers and Army civilians in the fall. Thirteen of the Army’s 31 Civilian Career Programs – comprising about one-third of the Army's civilian workforce – now have access: CP 10, 11, 12, 13, 17, 18, 22, 24, 27, 29, 31, 32 and 34. The next Civilian Career Programs set to spiral into ACT at the end of March are CP 14, 16, 20, 26 and 33.
All Civilian Career Programs – in addition to all enlisted and officer career management fields (of all active and reserve components) – are scheduled to be in ACT by the end of the fiscal year.
The Army's leadership wants to ensure all members of the professional Army Civilian Corps have a deliberate career path to follow, Under Secretary of the Army Dr. Joseph W. Westphal said during the 2011 AUSA Annual Meeting, adding that “employees will be able to receive education, training and development in those career paths so they can grow in the Army and provide greater expertise in their jobs."
ACT also aligns civilian training and career development with the goals of Army Learning Concept 2015, and it supports Civilian Workforce Transformation initiatives.
"The Army Career Tracker empowers Army civilians to effectively take ownership of their professional career and leader development," said Vicki Brown, chief of Civilian Training and Leader Development, Army G-37. "One of our goals is to ensure all Army civilians know the tools available to help them chart their course and have the opportunity to participate in professional development to help them achieve their career goals and support their organizational mission."
ACT – online at https://actnow.army.mil – allows users to:
- View career related data in one online portal;
- Examine career maps (personalized professional development models for their career plan);
- Receive recommendations from leaders, mentors, supervisors and Career Program managers;
- Identify the operational / functional, institutional and leader development requirements;
- Complete an Individual Development Plan (IDP); and
- Plan new activities designed to reach professional and personal goals.
A great tool for young careerists, ACT offers a much more visible roadmap to help them decide where they want to go and what they have to do to reach the highest levels in their career fields so they can start planning early, according to Brown.
Employees are encouraged to access ACT at least monthly to communicate with their leaders, supervisors and mentors about career development goals and obtain the latest news and information tailored to their career program and individual needs. Users also are expected to use ACT to create and track their personal and professional career development goals. Users can search multiple education and training resources, monitor their career development and receive personalized advice from their leaders.
The system allows civilian and military supervisors and mentors to monitor their employees' goals and provide them developmental recommendations, notifications and career advice. Supervisors will be able to view records for both their civilian and military employees. In addition, those civilians who are also part-time in uniform are able to view both their military and civilian records through this one portal.
Part of the 2011 Army Campaign Plan, Army Learning Concept 2015 (ALC 2015) and the Civilian Workforce Transformation Initiatives, Army Career Tracker is managed by the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command.
The system leverages existing Army systems to capture and present career management data; it does not replace or eliminate current systems and programs. The Army G3/5/7 Training Directorate’s Civilian Training and Leader Development Division, in conjunction with TRADOC, is leading the ACT civilian implementation.
The rest of the Civilian CPs will spiral into ACT in two phases: early July and late September. When ACT is fully implemented by the end of the year, it will service some 1.4 million users. For additional information, visit the ACT website at https://actnow.army.mil.
Army Civilian Training and Leader Development Division