Accession Number:

ADA285659

Title:

Analysis of Special Forces Medic (18D) Attrition

Descriptive Note:

Final rept. Nov 92-Sep 1993

Corporate Author:

ARMY RESEARCH INST FOR THE BEHAVIORAL AND SOCIAL SCIENCES ALEXANDRIA VA

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1994-08-01

Pagination or Media Count:

188.0

Abstract:

Training to become a Special Forces SF medic is extremely difficult, requiring both the academic skills to absorb tremendous amounts of medical information and the motor skills to master delicate hands-on medical procedures. Not surprisingly, the training has what is likely the highest attrition of any noncommissioned officer course in the Army. The primary objective of this project was to identify the causes of attrition from the SF medic 18D qualification course. This was accomplished through a series of more than 100 interviews and development and administration of a questionnaire on training attrition. The results and discussion are organized around three major factors of attrition selection, training, and evaluation and standards, In addition, a model is presented that can be used to help minimize attrition in the SF medic training course. A second objective of this project was to identify reasons SF medics are considering leaving SF and the Army. This was accomplished through analysis of a separate questionnaire that addressed SF career issues such as progression, training, credentialing, job satisfaction and leadership. Special forces, AMEDD, Training, Special operations. Medics,

Subject Categories:

  • Personnel Management and Labor Relations
  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics
  • Unconventional Warfare

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE