Officer Career Development: Factors that Predict Subspecialty Decisions and Proven-Subspecialty Status
Final rept. Oct 1988-Sep 1989
NAVY PERSONNEL RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT CENTER SAN DIEGO CA
Pagination or Media Count:
The researchs goal was to help the Navy more fully meet its need for technical and acquisition-management specialist at intermediate and senior grade levels. Toward that end, the research attempted to identify those factors that would predict who would become a proven subspecialist in the targeted grade levels and who would remain totally committed to a warfare specialty. The researchers believed that proven-subspecialty status is the culmination of the following 1 the perceived value of subspecialties for career advancement influences the officers decision on whether to obtain a proven subspecialty, 2 the decision to obtain a proven subspecialty requires a decision on whether to obtain a postgraduate degree, and 3 since attendance at postgraduate school is voluntary, the decision to pursue that goal should be a good predictor of proven subspecialty status. Three FY82 questionnaire- determined factors, used in combination, produced the best predictions of proven subspecialty status in FY8687 the proven- subspecialty and postgraduate-degree decisions, and operational mission. These predictors produced a fairly high correlation of .49. Recommendations were offered on how to motivate officers to assume more responsibility for the development of subspecialty expertise.
- Personnel Management and Labor Relations