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Enabling Disciplined Initiative: An Experiential Lesson

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Technical Report,01 Jun 2015,26 May 2016

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U.S. Army Command and General Staff College Fort Leavenworth United States

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Ulysses S. Grants early career demonstrates a correlation between learning agility and the mission command principle exercise disciplined initiative. Application of experiential learning theory during historical analysis of operational commanders that served in the Pacific Theater during World War II WWII provides a means to prioritize education and training experiences that enable the exercise of disciplined initiative. Chronological study of Admiral Frank Jack Fletcher and General Walter Kruegers preparation before WWII, and each leaders actions after December 7, 1941 identifies how each officer developed and leveraged mental agility, people agility, change agility, results agility, and self-awareness. As their cases show, experiential learning that takes place during large-scale military exercises, diverse assignment opportunities, balanced military education, and rigorous self-study enables the continuous growth of learning agility and the exercise of disciplined initiative.

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