Accession Number:

ADA508552

Title:

Critical Skills for U.S. Marine Corps Call for Fire Positions

Descriptive Note:

Technical rept.

Corporate Author:

NAVAL AEROSPACE MEDICAL RESEARCH LAB PENSACOLA FL

Report Date:

2009-03-06

Pagination or Media Count:

15.0

Abstract:

Emerging Marine Corps infantry warfighting concepts as enhanced company operations ECO and distributed operations DO place increasing trust in small unit team members to perform responsibilities previously executed at higher echelons. As such concepts are put into practice it will be important to identify individuals with the required skill sets to perform these jobs. In this study a comprehensive job-task analysis was performed to identify the most important skills, abilities, and other characteristics SAOs required for successful job performance in small unit, combined arms, call for fire positions, specifically for Marine Fire Support Team FiST Forward Air Controller FAC and Forward Observer FO positions. Ratings were obtained from Marine Corps FiST instructors and expert job analysts. Agreement within and between ratings sources was high. Among the SAOs that emerged as most important for call for fire positions were several related to attention, planning, and problem solving skills. Other important SAOs related to communications, teamwork and stress tolerance.

Subject Categories:

  • Personnel Management and Labor Relations
  • Military Forces and Organizations

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE