Academic journal article Military Review

The Future Army

Academic journal article Military Review

The Future Army

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Capt. Tim Bauler, AR, 5-15 CAV--It was great to read Gen. Robert Cone's article "The Future Army: Preparation and Readiness" (Military Review, July-August 2013).

I am glad that he refused to parse his words and simply stated that we have developed a reluctance to place top-tier officers in the institutional Army. He's absolutely correct. This is not to trivialize the service rendered over the last decade. Desperate times indeed, but now the day has come to recognize and rectify the desperate measures we had to take. Nearly all company grade combat arms officers are familiar with the phrase "then I got stuck in TRADOC for a while." They are similarly familiar with the reaction it usually elicits--a shudder and a look of pity. That a position instructing the planet's premier land force is generally accepted as pitiable is, in and of itself, quite pitiable.

To be clear, the way a select few branches treat their officers in the institution is a shame. They're treated as pariahs, and are encouraged to leave as soon as possible, made to believe that TRADOC kills careers. This has obvious detrimental effects on the officer, his subordinates, and his unit. The officer doesn't stay long enough to really learn anything. His subordinates know his time is short. …

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