Accession Number : ADA258293


Title :   The Mission, Organization, and Functions of U.S. Army Rear Detachments and the Need for Doctrine


Descriptive Note : Master's thesis


Corporate Author : ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLL FORT LEAVENWORTH KS


Personal Author(s) : Godwin, Deborah R


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a258293.pdf


Report Date : 07 Jun 1992


Pagination or Media Count : 163


Abstract : Rear Detachments provided unprecedented support with mixed success for U.S. Army soldiers during Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm. Rear Detachments have no doctrine, but they have raised an Army-wide systemic issue that requires real responses in terms of manpower, material, money, and time. Ad hoc missions were derived from past experiences and general officer guidance. The Rear Detachments had numerous specified and implied duties. Key but undefined was how to provide family support. Rear Detachment duties and family support groups were complimentary and also conflicting. As a Rear Detachment mission and an Army-wide problem, family support was the most prevalent issue raised in both primary and secondary sources. A single, cohesive doctrine would ensure success for today's and tomorrow's Army. The author recommends a Rear Detachment at separate brigade or post level. The Rear Detachment would handle deployment and redeployment and combat service support as required. Subordinate to the Rear Detachment at brigade and battalion level, Family Support Teams, organized similarly to the U.S. Navy Family Ombudsman Program, would provide full-time family support. The Family Support Teams would ensure continuous communications between families and the Army, helping reduce stress, encouraging self-sufficiency, and providing assistance when necessary.


Descriptors :   *LOGISTICS SUPPORT , *DEPLOYMENT , *ARMY PERSONNEL , *MISSIONS , *FAMILY MEMBERS , *MILITARY DOCTRINE , FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT , BENEFITS , PERSIAN GULF WAR , ACCOUNTABILITY , MILITARY COMMANDERS , THESES , BATTALION LEVEL ORGANIZATIONS , PERSONNEL MANAGEMENT , TEAMS(PERSONNEL) , SECURITY


Subject Categories : Sociology and Law
      Personnel Management and Labor Relations
      Military Forces and Organizations


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE