The Army Talent Alignment Process (ATAP) is a decentralized, regulated, market-style hiring system that aligns officers with jobs based on preferences. By October 2019, the majority of active duty officers and units will participate in the ATAP for their summer 2020 assignments. Officers use AIM 2.0 to access the ATAP until it becomes available in the Integrated Personnel and Pay System – Army (IPPS-A).
- Officer preferences are shaped by their unique Knowledge, Skills, and Behaviors (KSBs).
- Officers are matched with available assignments where their KSBs align with those desired by unit commanders.
- ATAP is transparent- all participating units and officers can see each other.
- Unit commanders and human resource managers should describe the unique requirements of available jobs and interview potential candidates.
The Army is undertaking the most comprehensive reform of its three officer personnel systems (Active, Guard, and Reserve) across the Total Force since the Officer Personnel Act of 1947. The 2019 National Defense Authorization Act granted several new authorities that provide the Army flexibility to determine the characteristics of a future talent-based system. The Army has determined how it will implement the new authorities and is on the verge of releasing several new policies and initiatives that set Army Talent Management in motion.