Army Officer ASI 3R: Force Management

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In the United States Army, personnel can add to their experience and skills by taking courses to obtain ASI’s.

ASI stands for Additional Skill Identifier.

In today’s post, I am going to provide an overview of the Army ASI 3R: Force Management.

What Exactly Is Force Management?

It is a critical area of Army operations. The main purpose is to ensure the United States Army is efficiently manned, trained, equipped and organized so the Army has trained and ready personnel both now and in the future.

What Are The Functions Of Force Management?

Officers with Force Management designation lead organizational and material changes within the Army. Some of the basic functions of an Army Force Management officer are:

  • Advisers of processes in determining management, budget requirements and needed documentation.
  • Determining warfighting requirements.
  • Designing operational and institutional force structure.
  • Allocating authorized resources.
  • Force building by synchronization to ensure the current force is properly organized, manned, equipped, trained, and sustained.

They must be strategic problem solvers who are skilled in leadership at all levels; who understand military operations; who possess strong Army Values, leader attributes and skills; and who fully understand the key leadership actions that must be taken to adapt the Army as change occurs.

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Officer Responsibilities For Force Management

The responsibilities for Force Management officers are many.

  • Designs and develops organizations to support Army and Joint warfighting concepts, doctrine, and requirements.
  • Determines the structure and composition of Army operating and generating forces through the Total Army Analysis process.
  • Determines Army and unit manpower and equipment allocations within the Planning, Programming, Budgeting, and Execution system.
  • Conducts affordability, supportability, and ongoing operational assessments; and adjusts execution of programs through the Concept Plan and Command Plan processes.
  • Coordinates unit activations, inactivations, reorganizations and redesignations.
  • Analyzes cost effectiveness of personnel and material changes.
  • Develops requirements for new training programs, training devices and simulations.
  • Determines cost effectiveness and risk mitigation factors.
  • And much more…

ASI 3R Force Management Training

To gain this ASI, officers must attend a 14-week FA 50 Qualification Course followed by an initial assignment at HQDA or a three- or four-star level headquarters to develop a deep understanding of force management processes.

The FA 50 Qualification Course is 14 weeks of Force Management study taught by the Army Force Management School at Fort Belvoir, VA.

Final Thoughts

Having this skill identifier can carry you into great positions in the civilian world. Large corporate structures are always searching for leaders with these qualifications.

We would love to hear from any officers with this ASI. Please tell us more.

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About The Author

Greg Boudonck is a full time freelance writer and the author of over 50 books. He served in the United States Army in the early 1980’s and enjoys writing about military subjects. You can see Greg’s books on Amazon by searching his name and you can also visit his website at

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