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dc.contributor.advisorBurks, Robert
dc.contributor.authorVarner, Michael G.
dc.dateMarch 2015
dc.descriptionApproved for public release; distribution is unlimiteden_US
dc.description.abstractThe Special Forces warrant officer is vital to the health of the Special Forces Regiment. The warrant officer’s institutional knowledge—developed over years of operational experience—is essential to the success of Special Operations Forces’ global endeavors. The Special Forces Regiment harnesses its future institutional capability through the recruitment and retention of Special Forces warrant officers. For the past five years, the Special Forces Regiment has seen a decrease in its warrant officer recruitment and retention rates. If left unattended, these rates will likely continue to decline. This thesis offers insights into the factors affecting the recruitment and retention of Special Forces warrant officers. By looking at recruitment and retention policies and assessing expert opinion in the Regiment, this thesis attempts to determine the recruitment and retention modifications that may reverse the declining trend. In doing so, this thesis identifies multiple factors affecting the recruitment and retention of Special Forces warrant officers and, specifically, focuses on two: (1) recruitment is drawn from a limited pool of eligible non-commissioned officers who face both the stigma of leaving the NCO ranks and pay disparities if they choose to transition; and (2) the lack of upward mobility through the senior warrant officer ranks.en_US
dc.publisherMonterey, California: Naval Postgraduate Schoolen_US
dc.rightsThis publication is a work of the U.S. Government as defined in Title 17, United States Code, Section 101. Copyright protection is not available for this work in the United States.en_US
dc.titleThe recruitment and retention of the 180A: the Special Forces warrant officeren_US
dc.contributor.secondreaderLober, George
dc.contributor.departmentDefense Analysis
dc.contributor.departmentDefense Analysisen_US
dc.subject.authorSpecial Forces warrant officeren_US
dc.subject.authorUnited States Army Special Forces Commanden_US
dc.description.serviceChief Warrant Officer Four, United States Armyen_US
etd.thesisdegree.nameMaster of Science in Defense Analysisen_US
etd.thesisdegree.disciplineDefense Analysisen_US
etd.thesisdegree.grantorNaval Postgraduate Schoolen_US

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