Total Force Concept Requires "Doers"--Not Advisors
ARMY WAR COLLEGE CARLISLE BARRACKS PA CARLISLE BARRACKS
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The problem was to determine the role that Active Army advisors to the Army National Guard should play in the Total Force Concept. Data was obtained by extensive research of literature, documents, and several interviews. The recent reorganization of the Army, was, in part, recognition that the Advisor program, by itself, was not capable of providing the degree of assistance required by the ARNG to meet its readiness requirements under the Total Force Concept. Research reveals a lack of experience in the ARNG Officer Corps to be the single most critical obstacle in the ARNGs efforts to assume missions previously assigned to Active units. This weakness has been ignored by both the Active Army and the Army National Guard. In order to negate this weakness, an infusion program must be established through which outstanding Active duty officers are assigned as key staff officers or commanders in selected high priority National Guard units. Thiswill permit the Active Army advisor to become a doer. It is further recommended the ARNG control and direct this program to permit it to be evolutionary, rather than revolutionary. A logical point of departure is present in the current Advisor program.