Enhancing the Retention of Army Noncommissioned Officers

Enhancing the Retention of Army Noncommissioned Officers

Enhancing the Retention of Army Noncommissioned Officers

Enhancing the Retention of Army Noncommissioned Officers

Synopsis

The objective of the noncommissioned officer (NCO) leader development workshop conducted by RAND Arroyo Center and the U.S. Army Sergeants Major Academy in April 1997 was to identify the assumptions underpinning the Army1s current NCO leader developmen

Excerpt

In April 1997, at the request of the Sergeant Major of the Army, rand and the United States Army Sergeants Major Academy conducted a workshop that explored the fundamental assumptions underpinning the Army's noncommissioned officer (NCO) leader development process. This workshop's objective was to evaluate the resilience of those assumptions as the Army moves into the 21st century. Will, for example, the Army's current leader development mechanisms give nco leaders the skills they need to address 21stcentury challenges? Will the mechanisms provide future NCOs with the requisite skills?

A set of recommendations emerged from that workshop as well as an agenda for additional research. Two research areas emerged. the first addresses how the Army may provide more balance among the three pillars of nco education: institutional, operational assignment, and self-development. the second research area focuses on nco retention and personnel policy issues. This report presents our findings on the retention/personnel policy research area. the proceedings of the original workshop were presented in the rand document entitled Future Leader Development of Army Noncommissioned Officers: Workshop Results, CF-138-A, 1998.

The research was sponsored by the U.S. Army's Deputy Chief of Staff for Personnel and the Command Sergeant Major of the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command and was conducted in the Manpower and Training Program of the rand Arroyo Center. the Arroyo Center is a federally funded research and development center sponsored by the United States Army.

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