The RAND Corporation has published a series of conclusions in support of the US Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC), designed to increase pass rates of recruits attempting special operations selection and training programs.
The news follows a 2016 decision by AFSOC to commission RAND to ‘identify and recommend effective methods and tools for recruiting, screening and developing candidates into High Demand/High Attrition (HDHA) specialties’.
Findings are expected to assist AFSOC in filling available positions across a variety of operational roles including: Combat Control (CCT); Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD); Pararescue (PJ); Special Operations Weather Team (SOWT); Survival, Evasion, Resistance, and Escape (SERE); and Tactical Air Control Party (TACP).
The report, published on 15 May, concluded: ‘Given the high rates of training attrition that have been consistently observed in similar organizations with HDHA specialties, we do not expect that training attrition can be completely eliminated.
‘However, improvements can be made by modifying recruiting efforts to more strategically target high-potential candidates, developing more comprehensive screening tools and further developing recruits’ physical fitness.’
Heavily focused on physical training attributes, the report highlighted how modeling results confirmed how recruits with higher levels in physical fitness and aptitude were more likely to succeed in training programs.