Publication Date

Spring 4-22-2017

Document Type

Capstone project: Open access

Degree Name

MA Leadership Studies


Leadership Studies


This paper seeks to explore existing research involving why junior officers are choosing to leave the Army, the benefits of mentorship, and the use of servant leadership. The intent is to show that if the Army were attempt to use a servant leadership lens to develop junior officers through mentorship, more junior officers would be willing to make the Army a career. It is important to note that the mentorship cannot be mandatory, it must happen organically for it to be successful. For the mentorship to happen organically, senior leaders must be more willing to identify junior leaders they would like to mentor and be willing to invest time developing the next generation of Army leaders. For the purposes of this paper, junior officers are defined as officers that have not yet reached the rank of Major (or Officer grade 4).