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U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Maj. Troy Black Discusses Changes to Improve Personnel System

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U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Maj. Troy Black said he intends to redesign the service’s personnel system by updating their technical skills, modernizing their technologies and upgrading compensation plans for the soldiers and their families.

In an interview with Government Matters, Black referred to Talent Management 2030 and the Marine Innovation Unit as two of the programs through which the changes will be implemented.

Talent Management 2030 will involve using novel algorithms to match servicemen to the job that best fits them, Black explained. They are also conducting additional tests to assess the Marines’ technical capabilities, particularly in digital applications.

Regular and reserve personnel with technology backgrounds will be processed through the new Marine Innovation Unit, Black noted.

To retain people with experience, Black stated that the branch is incentivizing its top talent and speeding up reenlistment processes. The sergeant cited these programs as the reasons why they achieved their retention goal for the first time in 10 years.

For fiscal year 2023, Black pledged to prioritize personnel by reviewing the base pay scale of enlisted members and investing in mechanisms to help their families.