Accession Number : ADA563095


Title :   High Value Talent: Identifying, Developing, and Retaining Naval Special Warfare's Best Leaders


Descriptive Note : Master's thesis


Corporate Author : NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA


Personal Author(s) : Allman, Walter ; Fussell, Jonathan ; Timmons, Marty


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a563095.pdf


Report Date : Jun 2012


Pagination or Media Count : 107


Abstract : Despite U.S. Special Operations Forces (USSOF) having the most combat experienced units in its history, Naval Special Warfare (NSW) faces a significant mid-grade officer retention problem. This thesis draws on interviews with CEOs and other senior leaders from over 40 private sector companies. Its overall aim is to help improve NSW's ability to retain the very best officers-those leaders who have the talent and expertise to keep NSW/USSOF one-step ahead of future threats. Three key findings are: developing and retaining talent is hard work for any organization, and requires substantial effort by senior leaders; organizations use both financial and creative non-financial tools to retain their best people; and a robust human resources department is critical to preventing retention issues from turning into trends. The thesis offers a number of ways to mitigate current and likely future retention challenges for NSW, USSOF, and the military more broadly.


Descriptors :   *NAVAL WARFARE , HUMAN RESOURCES , LEADERSHIP , OFFICER PERSONNEL , SPECIAL OPERATIONS FORCES , UNCONVENTIONAL WARFARE


Subject Categories : Naval Surface Warfare


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE