Annex C

Soldiers


Introduction

As articulated in the ADA Vision, the goal of ADA with respect to soldiers is to "attract, assess, train, educate, motivate, and develop bright, physically fit, aggressive, caring men and women with potential for positions of important leadership."

This annex presents the environment in which ADA will achieve this goal -- the total force status, consolidations in MOSs, and expanded roles for women.

Introduction

As depicted in Figure C-1, the total AMD objective force remains relatively constant between FY97 and FY03. The AC force increases slightly, with the activation of the first full-up THAAD battalion. The ARNG decreases somewhat with the loss of two brigade headquarters and headquarters batteries and with smaller battalions -- ARNG Avenger battalions have fewer personnel than the Hawk and Chaparral battalions that they replace.

While personnel reductions continue, the proportional size of the AMD force increases with respect to that of the Army. The AC AMD force in FY87 was 2.7%, and it is currently 3.0%. Per TAA 03, the AMD force will increase to 3.1% (12,953 soldiers) of the total Army of 424,413. These proportional increases are the result of unit redesigns, mission restructuring/definition (for the ARNG), and equipping with modern systems that require less manpower while bringing more firepower to the battlefield. In the ARNG the AMD force decreased 15.1% in FY87 and will increase to 8.4% by FY99.

MOS Consolidation

The ADA branch is in the process of consolidating and converting all of its 16- and 24-series MOSs to a single set of 14-series MOSs. This 14-series of MOSs will encompass operators and maintainers.

The consolidation of MOSs will stream-line branch management functions, allowing easier tracking, control, and management of promotions; more versatility in assignments; concentration on problem areas in accessions; more quickly identifiable retentions; and easier career mapping of the soldier. Consolidations of ADA MOSs are in Figure C-2.

There will no longer be a distinction for the extra training and knowledge required to be just a maintainer. All personnel will do general repair of the equipment that they operate by using the built-in test/built-in test equipment (BIT/BITE) or diagnostic software to perform fault isolation procedures. They will remove and replace selected components as a part of organizational level maintenance.

Soldiers who operated and maintained weapons systems no longer in the inventory have found that their MOS has been deleted, and they must now reclassify into another MOS.

Warrant Officer MOSs will decrease from four to two -- 140A (Command and Control System Integrator) and 140E (PATRIOT Systems Technician). MOS 140B (Forward Area Air Defense System Technician) and 140D (Hawk Systems Technician) have been deleted because the weapons systems are no longer in the AC. The 140B and 140D positions paid the bill for the 140A plus-up.

MOS 140A authorizations will increase from 13 to 49. MOS 140A will be System Integrator for automated TOCs in AMD brigades and in PATRIOT, SHORAD, and THAAD battalions.

MOS 140E authorizations will increase to two per battery, with the exception of THAAD. Each THAAD battery and battalion headquarters will have one 140E.

Expanded Roles for Women in ADA

Some 2200 non-ADA jobs are opening up within air defense -- division air defense headquarters and headquarters batteries. Job opportunities will continue to increase in the future with the fielding of such high-technology weapon systems as THAAD (Figure C-3).

Summary

Consolidation of MOSs, the introduction of more modernized equipment, and new and expanded opportunities throughout the AC and ARNG will collectively streamline and improve the objective AMD force.


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