Junior Purple Log-Warriors: Joint Entry-Level Training for Logistics Personnel
AIR COMMAND AND STAFF COLL MAXWELL AFB AL MAXWELL AFB United States
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The future military operating environment will be characterized by increasing uncertainty, change, complexity, and persistent conflict. Department of Defense DoD logistics capabilities of the future must exceed todays performance standards, but do so with reduced manning, constrained resources and limited funding. This will require a unity of effort between U.S. logistics capabilities. In order to meet the joint logistics needs of the future, the DoD must determine whether the current education strategies of the Services adequately develop logisticians with the necessary functional skills. This paper asks if the DoD should develop an entry-level joint logistics training program and mandate that junior-logistics personnel from all Services attend in addition to their Service-specific entry-level technical training. Using the evaluation methodology, this research paper identifies and analyzes the benefits and the costs of developing and implementing entry-level joint logistics training for officers, enlisted, and certain government civilians from all Services. Based on the evaluation and analysis of proposed courses of action, this paper recommends the establishment of entry-level logistics training at one centralized logistics campus where members will attend all phases of initial training to include the joint curriculum and Service-specific technical training. This option would have the lowest net cost and would be the most effective in joint integration and development of an institutionalized joint lexicon and common frame of reference. More in-depth research is recommended across all Services to review possible locations for joint training and to further analyze costs to establish and operate the new curriculum and savings that will be realized.
- Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies
- Military Forces and Organizations