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Human Capital Strategy (HCS)

DoD Logistics Human Capital Strategy (HCS) describes the vision for the Logistics functional community, enabling pillars, outcomes, benefits, the implementation approach and a timeline of key actions and tasks. It was written in a collaborative effort with the Logistics functional community across the Services, Joint Staff, DLA, and USTRANSCOM.

HCS Executive Steering Group (ESG) Meetings

HCS Reference Documents

The following reference documents provide more information about the HCS effort.

Executive Overview


(Oct, 1 2008 – 17-page PowerPoint)

The Executive Overview PowerPoint provides a summary of the vision and goals of DoD Logistics’ Human Capital Strategy Plan. It outlines the development of the six elements that will enable this vision: Logistics Career Roadmap, Logistics Competencies, Education and Training Assignments, LCDF, Certificate / Certification Program, and an ESG to oversee these efforts.

The DoD Logistics Human Capital Strategy

The DoD Logistics Human Capital Strategy (HCS) supports the goals and fulfills the requirements and objectives of the Quadrennial Defense Review (QDR), the Under Secretary of Defense (P&R) Civilian Human Capital Strategic Plan, and the AT&L Human Capital Strategic Plan. It has been signed off by DUSD (L&MR) and endorsed by all Services, Agencies, and COCOM senior logistics leaders. It has been developed to serve as a valuable resource for the Services' and Agencies' logistics human capital efforts.

The DoD Logistics Capital Strategy Transmittal Memo


(May 12, 2008 – 2-page PDF document)

This PDF document is a transmittal memo from DUSD (L&MR) highlighting the Human Capital Strategy efforts, its visions, and the parties involved. It is his endorsement to encourage leaders within OSD, the Services, Agencies, and combatant commands (COCOMS) to continue to support and move forward with these comprehensive and forward-leaning workforce strategies.

The Logistics Competency Book


(July 16, 2008 – V1.2 82-page PDF document)

This booklet supports the "Competency Pillar" of the HCS document dated May 12, 2008. It includes the 15 core technical competencies and their 5 level of proficiency growth for all DoD Logisticians across the Services, Agencies and COCOMS. It also includes the 6 fundamental and leadership and 25 management competencies that OPM had defined that are consistent across all career fields.

HCS Training and Education Resources, Observations, & Recommendations


(July 13, 2008 – 346 page Word doc.)

This document is a representative collection of the training, education, and development assignments available to logisticians. Over 700 courses were reviewed, observations were recorded and, where appropriate, recommendations made. These observations and recommendations have been divided into overlaps and gaps and are addressed first. The remainder of the document is a listing of courses by workforce category, competency, and then by the five levels of proficiency.

HCS Communication


(May 29, 2008 – 1 page PDF document)

This news update is from USTRANCOM Distribution Process Owner for its stakeholders. This edition describes the vision and purpose of the Human Capital Strategy and its benefits for the organizations involved.
This document is a catalog of 94 available Logistics and Leadership certificate programs. It is not a comprehensive list, and it is the result of online research and input from DoD Logisticians. There is also an index included after the Table of Contents that lists the courses by the number of courses required for completion.

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HCS Governance

The DoD Logistics HCS effort is governed by a Functional Community Manager (FCM) and an Executive Steering Group (ESG) Chairman along with senior members from the different service agencies to form the Executive Steering Group. Workforce Category Functional Proponents (WCFP) is also in place to support and provide guidance to the specific workforce categories. The WCFP is divided into:

  • Supply Management led by ADUSD (SCI)
  • Maintenance and Support led by ADUSD (MP)
  • Distribution/Deployment/Transportation led by ADUSD (TP)
  • Life Cycle Logistics led by ADUSD (MR)

The ESG coordinates and provides strategic guidance, facilitate communication, defines the competencies and sponsors the LCDF, with support from the working groups.

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Outcome-based Benefits for Individuals, Organizations, and Enterprise

The HCS – in particular the common logistics lexicon, career roadmaps, competencies, and the LCDF – will benefit all components of the DoD logistics workforce: individuals, Services and Agencies, and the Total Force. For individuals, the HCS provides a clear career roadmap with consistent expectations and application of competencies and skill requirements, in additional to enhanced opportunity for cross-functional development, flexibility and growth. For the Services and Agencies, the HCS improves logistics synergy which, in turn, provides better capabilities for current and emerging mission requirements. For the Total Force, the HCS provides an enterprise-wide system for identifying, developing, and utilizing necessary competencies to support the warfighter.


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HCS Timeline

The competencies and proficiencies developed by this effort are meant to serve as a resource for the Services to utilize as they move forward with their Logistics Human Capital Efforts.


Click here for a different version of the HCS Timeline.

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OPM Workforce Planning Resources

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