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Survey of Talent Requirements: Talents, Skills, and Abilities of Army Officers by Branch and Functional Area
[Technical Report, Final Report]
ARMY RESEARCH INST FOR THE BEHAVIORAL AND SOCIAL SCIENCES FORT BELVOIR VA
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The U.S. Armys personnel management system is undergoing comprehensive reform. The U.S. Army Research Institute for the Behavioral and Social Sciences ARI, in collaboration with the Office of Economic and Manpower Analysis OEMA and the Talent Management Task Force TMTF, developed a job analytic questionnaire to identify the knowledge, skills, and behaviors required of officers in different branches and functional areas BFAs. Over 4,000 officers from 31 BFAs completed the questionnaire and rated 21 talents on importance and 63 skills and abilities on frequency and importance in successfully performing their current jobs. Key talents, skills, and abilities TSAs common to all BFAs included those related to communication and cognition. Nearly all BFA officers said being a Communicator, Interpersonal, Detail-Focused, Problem Solver, Multi-Tasker, LogicalAnalytical, Project Manager, and Mentally Tough are very or extremely important talents to the current jobs. Critical skills and abilities included Oral Communication, Written Communication, CooperationTeamwork, Verbal Reasoning, Analytical Thinking, and Active Listening. TSAs that focused on personal competence and professional expertise of officers varied by profession, with highly technical professions rating technical TSAs relatively higher than other non-technical professions. Additional findings for each BFA are provided. The results of this occupational analysis serve as a foundation to the Armys talent management Acquire, Employ, and Develop lines of efforts.
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