Accession Number:

ADA563095

Title:

High Value Talent: Identifying, Developing, and Retaining Naval Special Warfare's Best Leaders

Descriptive Note:

Master's thesis

Corporate Author:

NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA

Report Date:

2012-06-01

Pagination or Media Count:

107.0

Abstract:

Despite U.S. Special Operations Forces USSOF having the most combat experienced units in its history, Naval Special Warfare NSW faces a significant mid-grade officer retention problem. This thesis draws on interviews with CEOs and other senior leaders from over 40 private sector companies. Its overall aim is to help improve NSWs ability to retain the very best officers-those leaders who have the talent and expertise to keep NSWUSSOF one-step ahead of future threats. Three key findings are developing and retaining talent is hard work for any organization, and requires substantial effort by senior leaders organizations use both financial and creative non-financial tools to retain their best people and a robust human resources department is critical to preventing retention issues from turning into trends. The thesis offers a number of ways to mitigate current and likely future retention challenges for NSW, USSOF, and the military more broadly.

Subject Categories:

  • Naval Surface Warfare

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE