The Hollow Army: How the U.S. Army Is Oversold and Undermanned

By William Darryl Henderson; Charles Moskos | Go to book overview

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TRAINING ON A TREADMILL
In runners' terms the U.S. Army has "hit the wall" in its pursuit of highly trained, high-performing units. Invisible system barriers are keeping U.S. units on a training treadmill, never allowing most of them to rise above marginal performance in their ability to match the performance of the world's best armies.The manpower and personnel factors that, in effect, have raised invisible barriers to effective unit mining include:
Training is not cumulative for U.S. units; rather it is "event driven" and short term.
Performance at the National Training Center (NTC) measured over several years does not indicate the U.S. Army can compete successfully with world-class armies.
Most units do not appear to be able to reach and sustain standards of performance above average to mediocre levels.
The inability to sustain above-average unit performance indicates that manpower and personnel issues/policies are having significant effects on training and warfighting ability.
Turbulence persists at high levels. The COHORT program, designed to reduce personnel turbulence and provide cohesion, is ineffective and cohesive units are not in evidence.
The Enlisted Personnel Management System (EPMS) has muddied the traditional function of the NCO Corps and permitted the most qualified NCOs to separate themselves from soldiers.
Quality small-unit leaders are not available in the necessary numbers to ensure effective training and high levels of unit performance.

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Table of contents

  • Recent Titles in Contributions in Military Studies ii
  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Figures and Tables ix
  • Foreword xi
  • Ppreface xv
  • 1 - Introduction: Selling a Mythical Army 1
  • Notes 9
  • 2 - The Army Mission: A Mismatch for Today's Army 11
  • Notes 18
  • 3 - Army Manpower: An Issue with No Constituency 19
  • Notes 45
  • 4 - Training on a Treadmill 49
  • Notes 74
  • 5 - Personnel Turbulence 77
  • Notes 89
  • 6 - Small-Unit Leaders Should Be War Winners 91
  • Notes 104
  • 7 - Why Can't the American Army Create Cohesive Units? 107
  • Notes 125
  • 8 - The Broken Backbone 127
  • Notes 143
  • 9 - It's Broke and Needs to Be Fixed 145
  • Notes 154
  • Bibliography 155
  • Index 161
  • About the Author 165
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