HUMAN RESOURCE CENTER OF EXCELLENCE
The U.S. Army’s vision of establishing a “Human Resource Center of Excellence” at Fort Knox became a reality in 2010 when Army Accessions Command, Human Resources Command and Cadet Command headquarters moved to the installation which was already home to Army Recruiting Command. As one of nine Army Centers of Excellence, the post is now responsible for all Soldiers’ personnel actions, from initial enlistment through retirement and beyond.
The vision was initially announced by the Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) commission in 2005 which directed that a Human Resource Center of Excellence should be established at Fort Knox no later than September 2011.
The U.S. Army Accessions Command, led by a three-star general, is the senior command on Fort Knox. It is charged with meeting the Army’s manpower and readiness needs by providing integrated command and control of recruiting for the Army’s officers, warrant officers and enlisted Soldiers. The Army’s human capital experts, the command begins the transformation of qualified volunteers into Soldiers and leaders in the Army.
Headquartered at the LTG Timothy J. Maude Complex, the missions of USAAC are to:
• Meet or exceed quality recruiting goals for all our Soldier
missions, while maintaining a culturally diverse force
capable of operating effectively across the full spectrum of conflict
• Deliver the appropriate mix of human capital to meet
force requirements with specific precision, while balancing
mission, quality, and resources
• Provide the most capable Soldiers to our Army in support
of current and future operations, while sustaining the all
The vision of the Army Accessions Command is to:
• Make the Army the first choice of America’s youth
• Continuously build, maintain, and innovate the
Accessions Command Enterprise to provide state-of-the-
art recruiting education and training programs
• Become an effective and efficient leader across the Army
and the government
• Innovate and shape best practices that become the model
of human capital practices
Recruiting Command’s vision is “America’s Army Starts Here:
An all-volunteer team sustaining an all-volunteer Army — a mutually supporting relationship with families and communities enabled by a network of shared knowledge using leading edge technologies and premier recruiting practices.”
Bringing quality young men and women into the Army—people who will complete their tours of duty and make a contribution to the nation’s defense—is the objective of the U.S. Army Recruiting Command as it goes about the mission to “Provide the Strength” for America’s Army.
Recruiting Command is responsible for manning both the U.S. Army and Army Reserve, ensuring security and readiness for our nation. Recruiting operations are conducted throughout the United States, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa, and at U.S. facilities in Europe and Asia.
The USAREC headquarters provides the command, control and staff support to the recruiting force. The officers, enlisted members and civilian employees of USAREC headquarters work in diverse areas such as personnel, administration, resource management and safety. Many work in specialized fields, such as market research and analysis, advertising and public affairs, and information management. The command also has its own inspector general, staff judge advocate and headquarters company.
The Recruiting Command’s subordinate structure consists of five recruiting brigades and the Medical Recruiting Brigade. The Medical Recruiting Brigade and the 3rd Recruiting Brigade are also headquartered at Fort Knox. Each recruiting brigade commands and controls up to eight recruiting battalions, giving USAREC a total of 38 recruiting battalions, five medical recruiting battalions and the Special Operations Recruiting Battalion. Each recruiting battalion, in turn commands the recruiting companies in its area, which provide support to the more than 1,650 recruiting stations in communities across America.
Eight recruiting companies have responsibility for recruiting in Kentucky, operating 28 recruiting stations staffed with 89 active Army recruiters and 35 Army Reserve recruiters.
The U.S. Army Cadet Command (USACC) mission is to commission the future officer leadership of the United States Army and motivate young people to be better citizens. As of October 2010, Fort Knox became home to the USACC headquarters, which oversees the U.S. Army Officer Candidate School (OCS) in Fort Benning, Ga., and the U.S. Army Reserve Officer Training Corps.
Army ROTC encompasses 273 host programs and 1,106 partner programs at colleges and universities with nearly 36,000 Cadets enrolled nationwide and in Puerto Rico. These ROTC programs, known as battalions, are organized into eight brigades, geographically dispersed throughout the nation. Together, Army OCS and Army ROTC are the Army’s most prolific commissioning sources.
In addition to the USACC headquarters, both 1st and 7th brigades are based at Fort Knox. Each summer, 1st Brigade, with the support of Fort Knox, hosts its national ROTC Leader’s Training Course. During this 29-day period, approximately 1,500 college students, who were unable to participate in Army ROTC during their first two years of college, receive hands-on leadership training to motivate and prepare them to enter into the Army ROTC during their junior and senior years as an undergraduate or graduate student. Close associations are maintained with Army Reserve and National Guard units in every state. These units provide facilities, equipment, and personnel to the battalions in support of ROTC training missions.
The ROTC began when President Woodrow Wilson signed the National Defense Act of 1916. Since its inception, Army ROTC has commissioned more than half a million of the second lieutenants who join the active Army, the Army National Guard and the U.S. Army Reserve. It is the largest commissioning source in the American military. In fact, nearly half of the current active duty Army general officers were commissioned through ROTC.
In addition to the senior Army ROTC programs offered at colleges and universities nationwide, USACC manages approximately 1,688 Junior ROTC programs at high schools with 290,000 Cadets enrolled. Participation in these programs is voluntary, and their focus is to instill solid leadership and citizenship values in high school students.
Curriculum and activities are centered on time management, study skills, financial stewardship and character development. JROTC has an enormously positive effect on our youth, helping young people from across the socio-economic spectrum. Cadets graduate from high school at a higher rate, have higher GPAs, and get in trouble less frequently than their classmates. Although the JROTC is a citizenship program, not a recruiting tool, JROTC graduates do enter the armed forces at a much higher rate than their peers.
ACCESSIONS SUPPORT BRIGADE
The Accessions Support Brigade conducts worldwide operations in order to better connect America’s people with America’s Army and to showcase special skills in support of the Army accessions mission. In addition, the brigade enhances Army warfighting efforts through specialized training and research and development. The brigade serves as the higher headquarters for the U.S. Army Mission Support Battalion, the U.S. Army Parachute Team (the Golden Knights), and the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit.
HUMAN RESOURCES COMMAND
The U.S. Army Human Resources Command is the largest human resources organization in the world, providing the full spectrum of human resources services to Soldiers, veterans, retirees and Army families. Its work affects the quality of life of every Soldier. HRC manages Soldier schooling, promotions, awards, records, transfers, appointments, benefits, retirement — one agency managing Soldiers’ entire careers from the day they enter basic training until retirement and beyond.
HRC is the Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Personnel/Army G1’s functional proponent for military personnel management (except for the Judge Advocate General and the Chaplain branches) and personnel systems. HRC also supports the Director, Army National Guard, and the Chief, Army Reserve, in their management of the Selected Reserve.
The HRC commander is the commander of the Individual Ready Reserve (IRR), the Standby Reserve and the Retired Reserve.
The U.S. Army Human Resources Command also provides oversight for the Military Postal Service Agency, the Army Physical Disability Agency, the Army Wounded Warrior Program, and the Army Casualty and Mortuary Affairs Operations Center.
HRC has consolidated its three main locations (Alexandria, Va.; Indianapolis, Ind.; and St. Louis, Mo.) into Fort Knox’s LTG Timothy J. Maude Complex through the base realignment and closure (BRAC) process mandated by Congress. The unit uncased its Colors at Fort Knox June 25, 2010, symbolizing the start of operations at its new location.
LTG TIMOTHY J. MAUDE COMPLEX
The LTG Timothy J. Maude Complex was dedicated on May 27, 2010, paving the way for the Fort Knox’s Human Resource Center of Excellence. The $210 million complex is the largest office facility in Kentucky and will house nearly 4,400 employees of the U.S. Army Accessions Command and Human Resources Command. The facility memorializes Lt. Gen. Timothy Maude, former U.S. Army Deputy Chief of Staff, Personnel, who was the highest ranking military officer killed in the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attack on the Pentagon.