When the army cant fill its force structure

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When the Army can’t fill its force structure, priorities must be set. The Chief of Staff of the Army (CSA) sets priorities for how the operating strength of the Army will be distributed. This document is called the “HQDA Active Component Manning Guidance.” The guidance establishes levels of fill based on unit missions and provides a mitigation strategy for personnel shortages. The manning priorities established in the HQDA Active Component Manning Guidance are also influenced by the ARPL. In addition to guidance from senior leaders and the ARPL, the Army G-1 uses established authorizations (obtained from FMS) and Force Structure (obtained from Structure And Manpower Allocation System [SAMAS]) to determine the Army Manning Guidance which are the Army priorities for that fiscal year. From the Army Manning Guidance, the G-1 then produces an annual Personnel Management Authorization Document (PMAD), which is a by skill, by grade distribution plan. Personnel fill rates and timelines for units are established by the Army (HQDA) G-1, which uses authorized strength levels, target fill levels, PMAD directed authorizations, and the operational (deployment) timelines established by the Army G-3 How does the Army communicate equipping priorities? The foundational guidance for how the Army prioritizes its equipment is provided in the National strategic documents and The Army Plan. More refined guidance is then provided through the following: The Army Equipment Modernization Strategy : This Secretary of the Army (SecArmy) and Chief of Staff, Army (CSA) multi-year strategy provides guidance and establishes a framework for synchronizing the requirement, resourcing, and acquisition processes to modernize equipment with the underlying foundation of being “Versatile and Tailorable, yet Affordable and Cost-Effective.” It provides the strategic underpinnings for how to adjust equipment modernization programs due to changes in the strategic, technological, and fiscal environments across equipment portfolios. The Army Equipment Modernization Plan : This SecArmy and CSA yearly plan provides the results of the annual Program Objective Memorandum (POM) process and summarizes how the Army's Research Development and Acquisition budget request is linked to the Army's strategy. It details the dollars, quantities, and rationale for the equipment procured in the yearly President’s Budget and is based upon the underlying foundation of “Starts with the Soldier and Squad.” The Army Equipping Guidance : This Headquarters, Department of the Army multi-year guidance provides direction for Army components, major commands, and units to allocate and distribute equipment. The underlying foundation is to identify and minimize equipment risks and costs as the Army transitions “from Afghanistan through Sequestration towards Regionally Aligned and Mission Tailored Forces.” In addition, the Army Equipping Guidance provides specific lines of effort which tie resource prioritization to current National and Army strategies. The figure below provides an example of the lines of effort from the latest Army equipping guidance.

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