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Recommendations for 'People Research and Development' Actions to Improve Army Reserve Component Readiness
ARMY RESEARCH INST FOR THE BEHAVIORAL AND SOCIAL SCIENCES ALEXANDRIA VA
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Data and documentation published by the US Army Forces Command FORSCOM Headquarters were reviewed, FORSCOM staff personnel were interviewed, and other Department of Defense documents were reviewed and personnel interviewed. MOS qualification and personnel were cited as the most critical Manpower, Personnel, and Training issues limiting Reserve Component RC readiness in FY83. Manpower strength may be more a function of policy and budget constraint, but there are indications that recruiting and retention are becoming problems. Training was not cited as a critical factor impeding readiness in the RC however, the potential profit from training and human factors research and development is significant. A planned, systematic, program of research and development in recruiting, retention, motivation and morale would benefit the RC. The RC would benefit from a plan that would apply currently available training and human factors technology to the RCs unique troop and individual ready reserve issues, while simultaneously providing for testing and applying high technology as it becomes available. Keywords Army Reserve, Army National Guard, Reserve Readiness, Training Research.
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