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In April 1997, RAND and the United States Army Sergeants Major Academy conducted a noncommissioned officer (NCO) leader development workshop. The workshop's objective was to identify the assumptions that underpin the Army's current NCO leader development mechanisms and to evaluate the robustness of those assumptions as the Army moves into the 21st century. The workshop developed a set of recommendations and areas that warrant further research. This report presents findings concerning NCO retention and other personnel policy practices.

Table of Contents

  • Chapter One


  • Chapter Two

    Primary-Skill-Level Data Analysis

  • Chapter Three

    Changing Mid-Career Retention and Retention Control Points

  • Chapter Four

    Summary of Research Findings and Recommendations

  • Appendix A

    FY92, FY94, and FY96 E5 and E6 One-Year Promotion and Retention Rates by Career Management Field

  • Appendix B

    The Steady-State Inventory Projection Model's Mathematical Formulation

  • Appendix C

    Aggregate Force and CMF 67 (Aircraft Maintenance) Inventory Projection Model Input Parameters and Outputs

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