Recruitment and Accession of Special Forces Warrant Officers
Final rept. Jun 2003-Oct 2004
PERSONNEL DECISIONS RESEARCH INST INC ARLINGTON VA
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Special Forces SF has had difficulty filling the available training slots in the SF Warrant Officer Basic Course WOBC. Research was required to analyze factors related to the accession and retention of SF WOs. Four specific objectives were identified describe the available target population for accession to the SF WOBC, describe SF Non-commissioned Officers NCOs opinions regarding the WO position, identify barriers to recruitment of future WOs, and provide recommendations regarding future WO accessions. Analyses indicate that the percentage of SF NCOs that meet the WOBC accession requirements is very small, possibly as low as 2 to 6 of the SF NCO population. In addition, recruitment into the WO program may be hampered by a lack of awareness of the requirements 52 of survey respondents were not aware of the requirements for accession to WOBC. Results also indicated a continued negative view of the SF WO pay structure, with 47 of respondents ranking fixing pay as the most important thing the Army could do to encourage NCOs to apply. Finally, results indicated that about half of the NCOs had indifferent or negative perceptions of the WO position. Recommendations are provided and recent initiatives that address some of these issues are discussed.
- Personnel Management and Labor Relations
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