Attracting "Cutting-Edge" Skills Through Reserve Component Participation
RAND CORP SANTA MONICA CA
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This report focuses on one critical slice of the ways the Reserve Component RC makes needed skills available to the Active Component AC attracting cutting edge skills. We define cutting-edge skills as those that are complex, therefore time-consuming and expensive to train, generally either not produced in large numbers or, as in information technology IT and other engineering fields, subject to boom and bust cycles, periodically making them in scarce supply for the military, primarily developed and used in the civilian world, but less frequently or intermittently used in the military world for instance, linguists, area specialists, information system designers, generally without a long-term career development path or even requirement within the military, difficult to keep current. For instance, the military is normally a consumer of rapid technological advances but only infrequently a producer specific language skills are infrequently uses in the military and are hence hard to maintain, often not tightly connected to the combat components of the military and needed quickly in a crisis. The military cannot wait for months or years to obtain such skills when war or international crisis is imminent.
- Personnel Management and Labor Relations
- Military Forces and Organizations