Attracting "Cutting-Edge" Skills through Reserve Component Participation

Attracting "Cutting-Edge" Skills through Reserve Component Participation

Attracting "Cutting-Edge" Skills through Reserve Component Participation

Attracting "Cutting-Edge" Skills through Reserve Component Participation

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This report describes the results of a project done for the Office of the Secretary of Defense, Reserve Affairs (RA) entitled “Developing Hard to Grow Skills Through Reserve Component Participation.” The purpose of the project was to develop ideas for innovatively using the Reserve Component (RC) to provide the military access to skill sets that it would have difficulty recruiting and retaining in the usual ways. The project team scanned a wide variety of ideas and, in consultation with the sponsor, developed five ideas in some detail.

The report is intended to make the results of that exploration available not just to RA and to other Department of Defense officials who manage the Reserve Component but also to others, inside and outside government, who are concerned about the difficulty the military and the government as a whole will have recruiting and retaining many of the skills they will need in an increasingly specialized world. It is the latest of a long series of RAND analyses of manpower and personnel issues, for both the Reserve and Active Components.

This research was conducted within the Forces and Resources Policy Center of RAND's National Defense Research Institute, a federally funded research and development center sponsored by the Office of the Secretary of Defense, the Joint Staff, the unified commands, and the defense agencies. Comments are welcome and may be addressed to the project leader, Gregory Treverton, at gregt@rand.org. For more information on RAND's Forces and Resources Policy Center, contact the director, Susan Everingham, susan_everingham@rand.org, 310–393–0411, extension 7654.

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