Academic journal article Military Review

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Academic journal article Military Review

Letters

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Great Captains of Chaos

Colonel James K. Grcer, Chief Of Staff. MNSTC-I. Baghdad- I would like to offer the following comments about Major F. John Burpo's superb January-February 2006 article "The Great Captains of Chaos: Developing Adaptive Leaders." Burpo makes some great observations in detailing the leadership traits required of adaptive leaders. I would only add that the base trait of an adaptive leader is excellence in the tactics and techniques of our profession. That mastery is the basis for effective adaptation.

Fortunately, the initiation of Basic Officer Learning Course (BOLC) II will begin the solid grounding in the basic skills our profession requires for successful adaptation. second, his observation about Ranger School is right on-it is a tremendous school for developing adaptive leaders and the more people we get through there the better. There are no branches, MOS's, or organizations in our 21 st-century Army that don't require the small-unit leadership skills developed at Ranger School.

The two educational experiences that most shaped my ability to adapt were Ranger School and the School of Advanced Military Studies (SAMS). By their very nature, both courses require the student to adapt to succeed, over and over again on a daily basis. One course is primarily tactics in the field, the other is operational art; but both succeed at developing adaptive leaders. I disagree with Burpo about skipping the Intermediate Level Education (ILE) to go straight to SAMS. Any SAMS graduate or instructor will confirm that ILE is a vital component of the SAMS education. …

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