CHANGED UNIT OR INDIVIDUAL REQUIREMENTS
a. Army Reorganization. Check the unit's mission requirements. Knowing the
frequency with which reorganization takes place in the Army, you should check the
mission of the unit to determine if there have been any changes that may impact on the
medical personnel. Certain parts of a medical facility could be added, or these could be
transferred to another location. If medical personnel find themselves performing jobs
they have not done recently, their skills in certain areas may need refresher training.
b. Soldiers' Initial Training. It is also possible that a soldier's initial training
may not have included the now required skill training. The newly required individual skill
could now be included in the MOS duty list even though soldiers who were trained at an
earlier date were not offered the opportunity to learn it.
RECENT ASSIGNMENT TO THE UNIT
Any soldier who has been newly assigned to a unit needs orientation time and
some help in adjusting to a new situation.
a. Duties Different from Military Occupational Specialty. Even if a soldier
has been newly trained in his military occupational specialty (MOS), there will be unit
SOPs which are unfamiliar, and these will impact on his job performance. Many times
soldiers are assigned duties which have little or nothing to do with their MOS, but which
are vital to the function of the unit's mission. The soldier may have adjusted well to
these duties in a specific position.
b. New Position/New Duties. When the soldier is transferred to another unit or
to another duty position in the same unit, he may be unprepared for the widely different
duties required in his new position. A Combat Medical Specialist who has been
assigned to an ambulance section might be reassigned to a clinic. This change could
require him to recall skills which he learned in MOS training two or three years earlier,
but has not used since that time. This can result in faulty recall of that prior skill training.
LACK OF MOTIVATION
a. Negative Motivation. Without realizing the impact on job performance,
supervisors frequently fail to provide for soldier motivation. This can happen in several
ways. If the soldier is frequently required to take on unusual duties that need his
attention during after duty hours, this can impact on his personal life. A soldier who
must often miss family events such as children's birthdays, anniversaries, or everyday
family meals is generating problems at home. When this is caused by an unfair division
of duty assignments, it can easily result in a lack of motivation for good job