MELBOURNE, FLA. — Florida Tech’s Center for Organizational Effectiveness has produced a survey that will help illuminate the challenges among military Special Operators in transitioning from active duty to the civilian workforce.
The survey, developed over the last year, was commissioned by the Orlando-based Naval Warrior Foundation (NWF), which focuses on supporting special operations veterans and their families in the transition from military service to the workforce.
The survey is targeting the most elite members of the U.S. military, such as Navy SEALs, Marine Reconnaissance, Army Rangers and Air Force Pararescue.
“The primary goal here is to understand the challenges of this transition,” said NWF Executive Director Murtice Tucker. “We want to be able to put the right resources behind this problem.”
James Taylor, who oversaw the project as director of the Center for Organizational Effectiveness at Florida Tech’s College of Psychology and Liberal Arts, said the survey was developed by Ph.D. candidates in the Industrial/Organizational Psychology program. It will help shed light on a widely known but little understood situation among these elite veterans.
“The survey will enable us to identify the factors and characteristics that it takes to successfully transition from active duty,” Taylor said. “The results will help the NWF develop programs and guidance to veterans and their families in their transition.”
Tucker added, “The survey will take about 10 minutes, and it could shape the next 10 years of their lives.”
The survey is available at the Naval Warrior Foundation website at https://navalwarriors.org/pages/special-operations-forces-transition-study.