The United States Army and the Sergeant Problem: The Army's Systemic Inability to Produce Enough Sergeants and a Proposal to Fix it
ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLLEGE FORT LEAVENWORTH KS SCHOOL OF ADVANCED MILITARY STUDIES
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Over the past sixty years, the Army has had a systemic inability to produce enough trained sergeants. The Army repeatedly lowered the standards for promotion to sergeant during periods of rapid expansion or conflict in order to produce sufficient sergeants. This resulted in sergeants who did not have the institutional training that the Army repeatedly concluded is a prerequisite for promotion. The next time the Army needs to expand rapidly it will be faced with a shortage of Sergeants. The Army used several methods of mitigating this problem which met with varying degrees of success. This monograph proposes an updated method of recruiting and training sergeants faster than current methods allow.
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