1. HQDA EXORD 144-21 ARMY PHYSICAL FITNESS TRAINING (APFT) AND TESTING FOR FY 21-22 (CUI), DTG: 221425Z MAR 21. The Secretary of the Army published Army Directive 2020-06 on 12 June 2020, which terminated the Army Physical Fitness Test (APFT) on 30 September 2020 and established the Army Combat Fitness Test (ACFT) as the Army’s physical fitness test of record beginning 01 October 2020. This EXORD rescinds HQDA EXORD 219-18 (all annexes A-K and FRAGOs 1-10) and reference h, HQDA EXORD 164-20 (with FRAGOS 1-2). Some key points in this EXORD, which is attached at the following link: https://www.milsuite.mil/book/docs/DOC-953018
a. Effective 01 April 2021, the Army will transition to ACFT 3.0 as part of the continued evolution of the ACFT.
b. Effective immediately, units will continue to train and test for the ACFT in order to enable data collection and further analysis.
c. ACFT efforts will continue to focus on (1) training the force and (2) maximizing data collection to support further analysis. ACFT data (to include a Soldiers score or whether a Soldier passes or fails) will not be used for any adverse administrative actions (to Include, but not limited to, flags, separation (to include Disability Evaluation System (DES) referrals), denial of appointment / commissioning, derogatory / referred evaluation reports, and order of merit standings) until further guidance is published by the Assistant Secretary of the Army Manpower and reserve Affairs (ASA (M&RA)).
d. A Soldier’s score or comments regarding performance on the ACFT will not be used administratively (to include, but not limited to, the officer or noncommissioned officer evaluation report, academic evaluation report, enlisted record brief, soldier record brief, or officer record brief) until further guidance is published by the ASA (M&RA).
e. The ACFT will not be considered as part of a semi-centralized or centralized promotion process (including eligibility or promotion points) until further guidance is published by the ASA (M&RA).
f. All COMPOs will conduct a minimum of one ACFT and record the results in the Digital Training Management System (DTMS) prior to 31 August 2021.
g. The storing of ACFT data in locally maintained databases or spreadsheets is prohibited during the transition period and any files already in use must be entered into DTMS and then deleted. Commanders and unit leaders will not have access to individual Soldier ACFT data and will only use the DTMS display and reports functionality to assess their organization’s overall physical fitness.
h. Height/weight data remains under the authority and requirements of AR 600-9 and MILPER Message 20-087. Units will record HT/WT in DTMS and will continue to forward data to HRC. Administration of all body fat content assessments and HT/WTs conducted under AR 600-9 must incorporate COVID-19 mitigation measures.
i. Administration of the ACFT must incorporate COVID-19 mitigation measures, such as, social distancing between all personnel, local HPCON measures and cleaning of equipment as required.
j. Guidance on temporary and permanent profiles and the ACFT is provided.
k. Annex A provides ACFT plank instructions and scoring scale.
2. HQDA EXORD 116-21, THE ARMY TALENT ALIGNMENT PROCESS. This EXORD directs active component (AC) units and officers to participate in the Army Talent Alignment Process (ATAP) via the Assignment Interactive Module 2.0 (AIM2). The Army has transitioned from an officer distribution system to an officer alignment process that incorporates talent management principles. The ATAP employs a regulated talent marketplace to improve the alignment of officer Knowledge, Skills, Behaviors, And Preferences (KSB-P) with unit requirements. This EXORD does not apply to special branches (Judge Advocate General’s Corps, Chaplain’s Corps, and specific Medical Service) or officers in special branches. HQDA EXORD 116-21 Army Talent Alignment Process (ATAP) was released via official NIPR channels on 11 March 2021. HQDA EXORD 116-21 supersedes HQDA EXORD 145-19. https://www.milsuite.mil/book/docs/DOC-952974
3. BUILD CONNECTION AND TRUST DURING DIFFICULT CONVERSATIONS. From the Army Resilience Directorate: Effective communication is essential for building and maintaining trust and connection in any relationship, especially when emotions run high or we have opposing opinions. In moments like these, communicating in a clear, controlled, and confident manner can be challenging. We may unintentionally send different spoken and unspoken messages from what we intend, fail to accomplish what we set out to achieve when we initiated the conversation, and fail to build or maintain trust and connection. At the following link are some strategies to build trust and connection during difficult conversations. https://www.milsuite.mil/book/docs/DOC-952946
4. Recently published Army Directives (AD) and All Army Activity (ALARACT) messages. None. New ALARACTs and ADs are also posted on APD at the following link. https://armypubs.army.mil/default.aspx
5. Recently published Military Personnel (MILPER) messages and Military Pay E-Messages. All MILPER messages are available on the HRC MILPER web page at https://www.hrc.army.mil/Milper. All Military Pay E-Messages are available on milBook at https://www.milsuite.mil/book/community/spaces/milpaye-messages.
a. MILPER MESSAGE 21-091, UPDATE TO THE ASSIGNMENT SATISFACTION KEY – ENLISTED MODULE (ASK-EM), ISSUED: [3/22/2021 2:32:20 PM]. The enlisted manning cycle (EMC) alignment by their year-month-available to move (YMAV) date is as indicated in this message. NCOs whose YMAV aligns to more than one EMC in the two-month overlap period will be aligned to the earlier EMC. https://www.milsuite.mil/book/docs/DOC-953079
b. MILPER MESSAGE 21-092, ACADEMIC YEAR 2022-2023 MILITARY INTELLIGENCE PROGRAMS AND ADVANCED CIVIL SCHOOLING, ISSUED: [3/23/2021 8:41:15 AM]. This message announces the procedures for Military Intelligence (MI) officers requesting consideration for highly competitive MI academic programs in Academic Year (AY) 2022-2023. This MILPER message pertains to the following programs: Advanced Civil Schooling (ACS), Junior Officer Cryptologic Career Program (JOCCP), Junior Officer GEOINT Program (JOGP), Army Intelligence Development Program (AIDP), Warrant Officer Cryptologic Career Program (WOCCP), the United States Army Intelligence Capabilities Modernization Professional Development Program (USAICMPDP), and the National Intelligence University (NIU) bachelor’s degree program and master’s degree program for AY 2022-2023. This MILPER message pertains only to active component MI Branch 35-series Officers and 350-series Warrant Officers. 15C35 officers are considered eligible under the active component 35-series career field eligibility requirements. https://www.hrc.army.mil/Milper/21-092
6. FORSCOM WIAS POSITIONS (UPDATED A/O 12 MAR 21). Hot openings listed at the following link. https://www.milsuite.mil/book/community/spaces/apf/s1net/forscom-wias
a. Multiple openings in support of the Federal COVID Response Task Force formerly Operation WARP SPEED in Washington D.C. starting 15APR21. Interested Service Members must be 01A / O2-O6; 90A / O3-O4; 42A / E6-E7. Positions include XO to Chief of Operations, Battle Captain, and Legislative Liaison. https://www.milsuite.mil/book/docs/DOC-871989
b. J1 Director in support of joint operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. Interested Service Members must be 42H / O-4(P) – O-6 and will be responsible for reporting directly to the Commanding General, and advise them on all administrative matters for the command. 2x Locations: Baghdad, Iraq and Kabul, Afghanistan. https://www.milsuite.mil/book/docs/DOC-871989
c. Food Service Supervisor in support Operation Inherent Resolve. Interested Service Members must be 922A / W3 – W5 and will be responsible for supervising all Class I distribution throughout ARCENT’s AOR. Location: Camp Arifjan, Kuwait. https://www.milsuite.mil/book/docs/DOC-871989
d. Ops Advisor in support of Operation Freedom Sentinel (OFS). Interested Service Members must be a 15T /E5-E7 and will be a part of the establishment of a UH-60 Aircrew Advisors Train, Advise and Assist (TAA) Mission. Location: Kandahar, Afghanistan. https://www.milsuite.mil/book/docs/DOC-871989
7. ARNG/USAR POSITIONS/JOBS AVAILABLE. S1NET members have posted the following RC position/job vacancy information. For a listing of all USAR primary vacancies (updated weekly) visit https://www.milsuite.mil/book/docs/DOC-375787. Units/commands who wish to post vacancies on S1NET may do so by following the instructions posted on the front page of the Job Announcements topic at the following link. Those posts which are in the correct location and which are posted in accordance with the instructions provided will be included in a future S1NET Message Summary. https://www.milsuite.mil/book/community/spaces/apf/s1net/jobannouncementsmobvacancies
a. ARMY RESERVE MEDICAL COMMAND, TPU, CPT/01A, HHD COMMANDER, PINELLAS PARK, FL. https://www.milsuite.mil/book/docs/DOC-952773