By James Hosek, Michael Mattock, C. Christine Fair, Jennifer Kavanagh, Jennifer Sharp
This document makes a speciality of the criteria affecting the availability of knowledge know-how group of workers to the energetic responsibility enlisted strength, and the findings element to the belief that the IT education possibilities provided through the millitary will help safe the availability of IT body of workers over the lengthy haul.
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Extra info for Attracting the Best: How the Military Competes for Information Technology Personnel
The high demand for IT workers was being driven by the thriving national economy, the burgeoning exploration of the Internet as a basis for business and new business models, and the need to fix year 2000 problems in legacy software. Year 2000 problems increased the demand for older programmers who knew COBOL, and Internet applications fed the demand for young programmers, graphic designers, web page designers, and network installers. An IT Worker Shortage? A frequently discussed issue in IT-related literature is the possibility of an IT worker shortage in the near future.
We were particularly interested in IT manpower requirements in future force structures, how the requirements were determined, and how manpower planning connected the long-term requirements with short-term IT manpower needs. The interviews were not extensive and provided only limited information about these questions. Although we heard reports of a shortage of IT personnel and gained information about manpower problems in specific occupations, we were not able to obtain a precise assessment of future force IT manpower needs.
Designated IT occupations for Army officers included signal, general (25A), and systems automation management (53A). These occupations touch on the categories of conceptualizer, developer, and modifier/ extender. In this report, we use a three-part distinction with reference to IT occupations. S. Office of the Secretary of Defense, 1999). The second category, “IT-related” occupations, includes occupations that rely extensively on IT in duty performance. There are no formal measures for determining what is “IT related,” so in defining this category, we have used our best judgment in identifying those occupations that on the surface are very reliant on IT.
Attracting the Best: How the Military Competes for Information Technology Personnel by James Hosek, Michael Mattock, C. Christine Fair, Jennifer Kavanagh, Jennifer Sharp