On October 14 the Chief of Staff for the US Army, Gen. James C. McConville, gave his remarks at the Eisenhower Presentation for the US Army’s Annual Meeting and Exposition.

When Gen. McConville took office last year as the Army’s 40th chief of staff; he made it his priority to put people first. For Gen. McConville putting people first is a philosophy, having said: “When we take care of our people and treat each other with dignity and respect, we will have a much stronger, and more committed Army.” Furthermore, Gen McConville states “people are our most important weapons system.” This philosophy is demonstrated in the policies he has put forth since becoming the US Army’s 40th chief of staff. Just a day prior the Secretary of the Army, Ryan D. McCarthy, announced an action plan to prioritise the army’s people and their teams. This builds on Gen. McConville’s initiatives over the past year of upgrading the Army’s talent management system 1, such as how officers are selected for promotions, which is part of his signature initiative – The Army People Strategy.

“It is so great to see an Army chief of staff who is focused on improving the lives of his soldiers and their families and creating a culture that produces great people,” said Dr Aron D’Souza, Secretary of the Chief of Staff Association. “Since the end of the first Gulf War there has been a tremendous focus on smart weapons systems, that I think people often forget that WWII was won because of tremendous people on our side and not because of ‘smart weapons systems.’ The proof of this is in the post-war boom which was created by those same soldiers who came home after saving the world from fascism.”

These policies are the reason the Army is at its highest rate of readiness “it’s because of the hard work of our people.” said Gen. McConville. “The performance of our National Guard, [Army] Reserve, and our active-duty forces this year has been phenomenal.”
  1. Service, Thomas BradingArmy News. “Chief of Staff of the Army: ‘The Time Is Now’ to Transform the Army.” Dothan Eagle. October 29, 2020. Accessed November 23, 2020. https://dothaneagle.com/community/enterprise-ledger/news/chief-of-staff-of-the-army-the-time-is-now-to-transform-the-army/article_9c414f9a-18a6-11eb-862d-6f0b0db1f500.html.