Accession Number : ADA292902

Title :   Special Forces Qualification Course Graduation and Attrition Statistics for Soldiers Selected for Training in FY89-FY91.

Corporate Author : ARMY RESEARCH INST FOR THE BEHAVIORAL AND SOCIAL SCIENCES ALEXANDRIA VA

Personal Author(s) : Diana, Marisa ; Teplltzky, Martha L. ; Zazanis, Michelle M.

PDF Url : ADA292902

Report Date : FEB 1995

Pagination or Media Count : 42

Abstract : The Special Forces Qualification Course (SFQC) Longitudinal Database tracks individuals and cohorts of individuals through the Special Forces (SF) assessment and training pipeline--from the Special Forces Assessment and Selection (SFAS) program through each attempt to successfully complete the SFQC. This report addresses six questions concerning individual graduation, attrition and recycle rates over time and across SF Military Occupational Specialties (MOS) for SFAS candidates selected from classes conducted between fiscal year FY89 and FY91. Three results are especially noteworthy. First, examination of graduation rates shows 18D training to be the most difficult to complete, especially for lower ranking soldiers (i.e., Specialists). Second, there is a downward trend in graduation rates from FY89 to FY91. This decline is especially pronounced for the medic training track. Third, results show that soldiers from combat arms, as opposed to non-combat arms, backgrounds were more likely to succeed at the SFQC. The potential impact of these results for forecasting how many soldiers will make it through the selection and training pipeline and for identifying soldiers who are most likely to succeed is discussed.

Descriptors :   *ARMY TRAINING, *FORECASTING, *TRAINING MANAGEMENT, *SPECIAL OPERATIONS FORCES, WARFARE, ARMY PERSONNEL, ATTRITION, PATTERNS, STATISTICAL ANALYSIS, RANKING, SPECIAL FORCES, UNCONVENTIONAL WARFARE, MILITARY OCCUPATIONAL SPECIALTIES, LOW INTENSITY CONFLICT.

Subject Categories : Military Forces and Organizations
      Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics
      Administration and Management
      Personnel Management and Labor Relations
      Statistics and Probability
      Unconventional Warfare

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE