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Year 2 Assessment of the Unit Focused Stability Manning System

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Final rept., Aug 2005-Jun 2006

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This is the second in a planned series of reports on research with U.S. Army Alaskas 172d Stryker Brigade Combat Team SBCT to identify a the impact of personnel stability under the Unit Focused Stability UFS manning system on small-unit cohesion cohesiveness, b factors that might enhance or detract from are predictive of this impact, and c lessons learned for enhancing future UFS implementation efforts. Questionnaire responses revealed that cohesion dropped over the 20-month garrison phase of the units 36-month lifecycle, the drop was steeper for vertical Soldier to leader and organizational Soldier to unitArmy than for horizontal Soldier to Soldier cohesion, and leader effectiveness and learning environment consistently contributed to the best predictive models of cohesion at each of four measurement periods. Analysis of unit records revealed that turbulence e.g., unprogrammed gainslosses and duty position changes was also positively related to cohesion, as long as the former occurred early in the units lifecycle and was not excessive. Interviews and focus group discussions revealed that primary UFS implementation concerns were the perceived negative impact of stability on junior officer and midlevel noncommissioned officer career development, confusing initial UFS guidelines, the untimeliness of their dissemination, and the inconsistency of their application. Results were interpreted to suggest that a stability under UFS must be coupled with effective leadership and a supportive learningtraining environment in order to foster small-unit cohesion, b some personnel turbulence early on in a stabilized units lifecycle may actually be beneficial to vertical and organizational cohesion, and c future UFS implementation should benefit from Army efforts to address identified lessons learned, especially those impacting career development.

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  • Personnel Management and Labor Relations
  • Military Forces and Organizations

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