Accession Number : ADA620725


Title :   U.S. Special Forces: Culture Warriors


Descriptive Note : Master's thesis


Corporate Author : NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA


Personal Author(s) : Hill, Joshua L


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a620725.pdf


Report Date : Dec 2014


Pagination or Media Count : 89


Abstract : U.S. Army Special Forces (SF) are consistently called upon to work by, with, and through indigenous forces to conduct special warfare. Current SF doctrine reflects an increasing desire for SF operators to be culturally proficient in order to work closely with locals, advise foreign militaries, and build relationships with host-nation counterparts. Despite the doctrinal emphasis on cultural proficiency, SF doctrine offers little concrete direction as to how to become culturally competent, or how to measure levels of cultural proficiency. This thesis aims to provide insights into cultural competency by investigating academic literature surrounding culture, and by looking outside of SF at examples of cross-cultural competency from historic cases: the Office of Strategic Services (OSS) in World War II, Military Transition Teams in Iraq and Afghanistan, and the McDonald's restaurant franchise. By looking at historical examples of military operations and international businesses, SF can gain insight into the best practices and common pitfalls that come from working with foreign cultures. This thesis finds that cultural proficiency can be increased by following the best practices of the McDonald's Corporation and the OSS, and by placing top-down emphasis on cultural training and normalizing that training at the tactical level.


Descriptors :   *ARMY PERSONNEL , *COMMUNITY RELATIONS , *CROSS CULTURE(SOCIOLOGY) , *MILITARY TRAINING , *SPECIAL FORCES , CASE STUDIES , COLLABORATIVE TECHNIQUES , COUNTERINSURGENCY , INFORMATION EXCHANGE , MEDICAL EVACUATION , MILITARY DOCTRINE , MILITARY HISTORY , NATURAL LANGUAGE , QUALITATIVE ANALYSIS , SKILLS , SOCIAL COMMUNICATION , SOCIAL WELFARE , TEAMS(PERSONNEL) , THEATER LEVEL OPERATIONS , THESES


Subject Categories : Sociology and Law
      Military Forces and Organizations


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE