One-stop shop: Career Tracker adds thousands of soldiers each week

An innovative tool to provide soldiers and leaders with a single Internet portal to plan and manage careers is fully operational after several years of development.

Called Army Career Tracker, the online system is serving nearly 400,000 users and registering several thousands additional soldiers every week, according to John Sparks, director of the NCO Institute of Professional Development at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va.

About 67 percent of Career Tracker’s current users are active and reserve enlisted soldiers, 20 percent Army civilian employees and 13 percent officers.

Learn all about it in the latest Army Times, on sale now.

Odierno: Toxic leaders will be fired

Battalion and brigade commanders will soon receive 360-degree evaluations as part of the Army’s continuing push to rid the ranks of toxic leaders.

The plan, spearheaded by Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno, will begin as a pilot program this summer and be fully implemented by the fall.

“I’m looking at what is the best way to implement a 360 process at the battalion and brigade levels that will help us to identify concerns to the individual, and also to those who are with him, so they can try to correct that behavior,” Odierno said during an exclusive interview March 27 with Army Times. “If the behavior is not corrected, we’ll take whatever action is appropriate.”

Get all the details in this week’s Army Times.

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$30M bid-rigging scam at Army Corps

Until recently, Army Corps of Engineers program manager Kerry Khan had millions of dollars, mistresses in three states and lavishly fed his appetite for high-end cars and liquor, according to court records.

He was, as prosecutors put it, the mastermind of the largest bid-rigging scam in the history of federal contracting.

Two summers ago, Khan got a scare — federal agents paid a visit to his opulent Alexandria, Va., home — and he considered retiring after nearly two decades in the federal government.

But he opted against quitting his job because he was worried he would lose his accrued annual leave, according to one investigator in the case.

Read the full story in Monday’s issue of Army Times.

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