Trust and the 442nd Regimental Combat Team
Technical Report,05 Jul 2015,26 May 2016
ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLLEGE FORT LEAVENWORTH KS FORT LEAVENWORTH United States
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This monograph is a case analysis of the current US Army leadership doctrine for building and maintaining trust, using the 442nd Regimental Combat Team as the means of evaluation. The 442nd Regimental Combat Team was a segregated organization comprised of Japanese-Americans from Hawaii and internment camps across the mid-west during World War II. The 442nd Regimental Combat Team provides a unique opportunity to explore trust-building measures in a situation where the United States, as a whole, destroyed trust between the United States and Japanese-Americans. The monograph assesses four key leaders who were responsible for executing internment and commanding Japanese-American forces. By building trust at the tactical and direct leadership level, key 442nd Regimental Combat Team leaders helped Japanese-Americans soldiers overcome larger societal and military lapses in trust and become an effective organization. The monograph closes by discussing emergent themes from the analysis that future leaders should consider when applying or evaluating the abilities of others to the build trust.