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Developing Senior Leaders for the Reserve Components

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Technical Report

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RAND National Defense Research Institute Santa Monica United States

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Leader development is one of the most important priorities for the U.S. military. Most of the services and agencies conceive of development in broadly similar waysa combination of experiences, education, and mentoring. RAND researchers explored in what ways development of senior leaders in the reserve component can be improved, and in what ways reserve component leader development policies can serve the goal of an effective and integrated Total Force. This research is part of a larger research effort focused on general and flag officer requirements in the reserve components. This perspective reviews current practices in reserve component general officer development and surveys some of the innovative approaches the services are taking. It also explains some limitations to these approaches and offers recommendations for building a more formal system of deliberative development and making maximum use of general and flag officer assignments to achieve both developmental and Total Force objectives.

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  • Personnel Management and Labor Relations
  • Military Forces and Organizations

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