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The Marines Are Promising Better Jobs and Fewer Moves Using Big Data

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Marines, like service members in each branch, typically face relocation to new duty stations every few years. But the service now wants to offer homes more opportunities – an opportunity to shift tasks while skipping this step.

The Marine Corps said Monday that it plans to offer more in-home housing as part of its new talent management system. With the service revamping the way it recruits and retains personnel, commanders hope to better match the Marines with the majors. Part of that is allowing them to stay in one area of ​​the country.

“Now we’re not moving Marines just because you were in one place,” the brig. General Michael Burgshult told reporters at Marine Corps Base Quantico, Virginia.

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“We’ve tried to do it but…with talent management that made an even more powerful exclamation point on the matter,” he noted.

Marine Corps spokesman Major Jordan Cochran added that hosting available to both officers and enlisted personnel is no longer a “negative practice to be avoided.”

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Officers at Quantico say part of what is enabling the shift in policy is the Marines’ ever-increasing efforts to harness data on every service member.

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Lt. Gen. David Otignon, deputy commander for manpower and reserves, said the service eventually hopes to use its data systems to allow officers to better see and control their careers and give the Corps a way to predict career success and manage promotions.

“If I give you options to consider, you have a choice,” Otignon said. “I guess that’s what I wish he was a young officer.”

Amid the changes that regular Marines can expect, Otignon said his team is considering a “cultural shift” that would give officers the ability to choose the command path or the staff path.

“This is very different from what we’ve done for decades in the Marine Corps, which said, to be a successful staff officer, you have to be a captain,” he explained.

Otignon described a system that would show officers a career path complete with “what you can expect and where you can expect” that “depends on your performance and inclination for future service.”

On the boot camp side of things, the service plans to roll out a new job-matching system — the Marine Corps Occupational Specialty Matching, or MCOSM — that it hopes will not only better match the Marines to jobs, but also help retain more troops after they are outdone. first round.

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“If you are happier with your assignment…the thing that really works for you and you will be happier, it will help our retention efforts,” Maj. Gen. Jason Bohm told reporters at Quantico.

All of these changes come as part of the Corps’ new talent management plan — a radical attempt to remake the Marines into a force that is more mature, experienced and less focused on an “industrial-era workforce model,” according to the service.

Marine Corps Commander General David Berger revealed the plan in early November, but commanders say some of the changes now revealed predate the document’s release and have been in the works for several years.

Konstantin Toropin can be reached at konstantin.toropin@military.com. Follow him on Twitter Tweet embed.

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