RESEARCH ON THE TRAINING OF NONCOMMISSIONED OFFICERS: A SUMMARY REPORT OF PILOT STUDIES.
HUMAN RESOURCES RESEARCH OFFICE GEORGE WASHINGTON UNIV ALEXANDRIA VA
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As part of a continuing research effort on junior NCO leadership preparation training for advanced basic trainees, exploratory studies were conducted on 1 problems of selection and assessment of potential leaders among new recruits, 2 feasibility of course compression within the Light Weapons Infantryman MOS training to permit introduction of leadership preparation material, 3 development of an orientation program and motivational techniques for prospective leadership candidates, 4 definition of leadership skills fundamental to job performance at the junior NCO level and appropriate for training at the AIT level, and 5 exploration of methods for introducing junior NCO preparation within the Advanced Individual Training program. The studies yielded preliminary information relative to junior NCO leadership training on aptitude and sociometric ratings as promising selection factors, possible improvements in training methods, the need for development of criteria to assess technical proficiency and leadership skills, and the relation between training environment and effective leadership performance. Author
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