An Analysis of Excelling in the Command and General Staff Officers' Course has on Future Success in the Army
ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLLEGE FORT LEAVENWORTH KS
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The purpose of this thesis is to explore whether a correlation exists between winning the Marshall Award and continued success in the Army, as well as, the likelihood of incentives increasing officers academic performance in Command and General Staff Officers Course CGSOC. The research plan used a qualitative approach that included oral history interviews with Marshall Award Recipients from 2001-2011 as well as surveying CGSOC classes 14-01 and 14-02. Six evaluation criteria derived from Army policies were used to investigate the relationship between excelling in CGSOC and continued success exclusive enumeration on OERs, selection for nominative positions, below the zone promotion to lieutenant colonel, selection for battalion command, selection for senior service college, and promotion to colonel. Randomly selected Army students were surveyed to examine if performance based incentives would increase students academic performance. The research showed a correlation between interviewed Marshall Award Recipients and continued success in the Army. In addition, analysis indicated that CGSOC students might be motivated to increase academic performance through incentives such as increased study and reflection time, priority in selecting next duty assignment, and increased chances for promotion. The study identifies the need for future research over several classes.
- Personnel Management and Labor Relations
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics