WELS could learn something about recruiting future pastors by observing methods used since 9-11 to recruit U.S. Special Forces.
After 9-11 the U.S. switched to offense in the Global War On Terror and needed to increase the number of U.S. Special Forces without dropping training standards. Training attrition being over 70% the military focused on research and strategies aimed at reducing this attrition by improving selection methods and processes for identifying viable training candidates.
Military research found a few predictors of training success and adjusted recruiting strategies accordingly.
Predictors with positive correlations included:
-- Candidates who grew up in the coldest states
-- Candidates who participated in several contact or aerobic sports
-- Candidates with certain psychological traits involving hardiness, flexibility, and leadership
What would be predictors for success in pastoral training?