The Impact of Accelerated Promotion Rates on Drill Sergeant Performance
Final rept. Apr 2009-Jul 2010
ARMY RESEARCH INST FOR THE BEHAVIORAL AND SOCIAL SCIENCES FORT BENNING GA
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This effort investigated if accelerated promotions have outpaced the ability of noncommissioned officers NCOs to gain the depth and breadth of experience and maturity needed to meet the challenges confronting todays Drill Sergeants DSs and Drill Sergeant Leaders DSLs. This research focused on differences in NCO training and Army experiences, personality and demographic characteristics, and performance as a DS as rated by peers, leaders, and themselves. DSs, Company Commanders, and First Sergeants from 31 basic training Companies participated. This effort was also extended to the Drill Sergeant School in order to determine the impact of promotion timing on DSL performance. Results indicate that few differences exist between accelerated and nonaccelerated promotion NCOs and these few differences generally reflect favorably on accelerated promotion DSs and DSLs. Moreover, these differences were more easily predicted by other characteristics, such as age, rank, and MOS division, than promotion timing. Recommendations for improving DS training are discussed.
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