An Investigation of Civilians Preparedness to Compete with Individuals with Military Experience for Army Board Select Acquisition Positions
LAWRENCE TECHNOLOGICAL UNIV SOUTHFIELD MI SOUTHFIELD United States
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This research examined the extent to which the Army has prepared its civilians to compete with individuals with military experience for Army board select acquisition positions and to what extent there are bias in the board select acquisition process. The research employed a mixed research methodology quantitative with descriptive statistical analysis and qualitative with a thematic analysis approach using interviews to collect the data. The interviews included demographic and open-ended, qualitative questions. The questions were electronically distributed, via email, in advance of the interviews. The interview population was nine key senior Army leaders military members and civilians that have led or served on Army acquisition selection boards, have competed successfully using the Army acquisition board selection process, or own or support the Army acquisition board selection process. The findings from the study were that to a great extent the Army has provided civilians the tools to compete for board select acquisition positions. And while there may not be parity in the board select acquisition process, there is little evidence of bias. The final recommendation was that the United States Army Acquisition Support Centers Road Shows be reinstituted as a way to effectively communicate career information to the workforce. This will help leaders become more informed on career information to mentor employees on their careers, leading them on the path to success.
- Personnel Management and Labor Relations
- Military Forces and Organizations
- Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies