Peace, security and good HR

NATO helps Afghan army with the implementation of new human resources technology

NATO soldiers in Afghanistan are doing more than just trying to bring peace and security to the country, they’re also helping the Afghan army update its HR practices.

U.S. Army Capt. Tamara Gonzales blogged on July 20 about the military’s human resources work on the NATO Training Mission – Afghanistan, Combined Security Transition Command – Afghanistan (NTM-A, CSTC-A) website.

NATO is modernizing a system that is “more than 20 years behind” according to Billy Blackmon, the HR sergeant major mentor with NTM-A, CSTC-A.

Gone are paper and log books, maintained only at local levels, that made it impossible for HR specialists to compile reports or track information. In its place is a computer-based system that handles promotions, awards and evaluations that lets Afghan army HR personnel access data within seconds, wrote Capt. Gonzales.

The goal is to have the system fully implemented by December 2010.

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