RAND Arroyo Center Research Brief: How Can the Army Retain High-Quality NCOs?
RAND ARROYO CENTER SANTA MONICA CA
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In 1997, RAND and the U.S. Army Sergeants Major Academy held a workshop to identify the assumptions that underpin the Armys current noncommissioned officer NCO leader development mechanisms and to evaluate the robustness of those assumptions as the Army moves into the 21st century. Workshop participants raised several concerns related to NCO leader development. First, they noted that some NCOs arrive at a new assignment without training in the skills needed to perform that assignment, needing to learn them on the job, and then having to relearn them when they attend the next formal NCO education course. Second, they noted that NCOs in hard-to-retain occupational specialties are forced to leave the Army when they reach their retention control points RCPs, the year of service where they must leave if they have not been promoted to the next-higher grade.
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