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dc.contributor.advisorSimmons, Anna
dc.contributor.advisorGibbons, Deborah
dc.contributor.authorStark, Kevin
dc.contributor.authorAndrus, Ben
dc.date16-Jun
dc.date.accessioned2016-08-02T19:34:11Z
dc.date.available2016-08-02T19:34:11Z
dc.date.issued2016-06
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10945/49389
dc.descriptionApproved for public release; distribution is unlimiteden_US
dc.description.abstractPersonal and professional development is paramount to the growth and success of individuals and the organizations they comprise. The United States military's special operations forces (SOF) are elite small teams that work in austere situations globally. SOF operators are expected to be competent and capable at all times. They must rely on their team members for personal and professional development. This paper sought to assess the characteristics and outcomes of developmental relationships within SOF teams. Through interviews with SOF operators from the Army Special Forces, Navy SEALs, and Marine Raiders, the findings reinforce the necessity of development within teams. Numerous viewpoints emerged regarding the importance of team dynamics, leadership cohesion, and strong personal traits. SOF development providers' and recipients' insights helped paint a picture of developmental relationships within SOF teams--specifically, how and why development is initiated, what is provided, and how it benefits operators. The qualitative interview process exposed numerous implications for SOF operators, team leaders, and the greater SOF community regarding the importance of proactive and meaningful development.en_US
dc.description.urihttp://archive.org/details/mybrotherskeeper1094549389
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.titleMy brother's keeper: forging SOF operators through developmental relationshipsen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
dc.contributor.departmentGraduate School of Business and Public Policy (GSBPP)
dc.subject.authorNavy SEALsen_US
dc.subject.authorArmy Special Forces (Green Berets)en_US
dc.subject.authorMarine Raidersen_US
dc.subject.authorSpecial Operations Forcesen_US
dc.subject.authorSOFen_US
dc.subject.authorpersonal developmenten_US
dc.subject.authorprofessional developmenten_US
dc.subject.authorteam buildingen_US
dc.subject.authorleadershipen_US
dc.subject.authormentoringen_US
dc.subject.authormentorshipen_US
dc.description.serviceChief Petty Officer, United States Navyen_US
dc.description.serviceMajor, United States Armyen_US
etd.thesisdegree.nameMaster of Science in Defense Analysisen_US
etd.thesisdegree.levelMastersen_US
etd.thesisdegree.disciplineDefense Analysisen_US
etd.thesisdegree.grantorNaval Postgraduate Schoolen_US


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