Snapshot of Early Noncommissioned Officer Leadership Transition Experiences in the U.S. Army
[Technical Report, Final Report]
ARMY RESEARCH INST FOR THE BEHAVIORAL AND SOCIAL SCIENCES FORT BELVOIR VA
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The purpose of this research was to identify the challenges encountered by enlisted Soldiers in the U.S. Army as they transition into leadership roles. A sample of 49 Soldiers private first class to first sergeant from a Forces Command installation participated in focus groups designed to gather first-hand accounts during an umbrella week data collection in August 2018. The Army Leadership Requirements model was used as a framework for examining the issues raised during this project in order to facilitate more direct translation of the research into existing Army leader development concepts. The primary finding of this research was that, despite a robust leader development system in the Army, the majority of these Soldiers encountered significant difficulties upon assuming a leadership position for the first time. While the sample size in this effort is small, the key points identified in this research converge with other sources of information. Based on the findings of this preliminary research, in-depth examination of the issues unique to the transition process of enlisted Soldiers as they transition into noncommissioned officers within the Army is warranted.
- Personnel Management and Labor Relations
- Military Forces and Organizations