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Approaches for Strengthening Total Force Culture and Facilitating Cross-Component Integration in the U.S. Military

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Technical Report

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RAND Corporation Santa Monica United States

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While all U.S. military services have strived to achieve greater total force integration and a stronger total force culture across their active and reserve components, significant impediments limit the achievement of these objectives. Since total force integration remains elusive, the issue continues to capture the attention of policymakers, who seek ways to overcome impediments and facilitate greater integration. This research identifies policies and practices that contribute to improved integration and a stronger total force culture, focusing on innovative approaches that could impart greater cross-component knowledge and awareness, and provide greater rewards for servicemembers to work across components. This report should be of interest to those concerned with active and reserve component organizational structure and integration. This research was sponsored by the Office of Reserve Integration within the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness and was conducted within the Forces and Resources Policy Center of the RAND National Defense Research Institute, a federally funded research and development center sponsored by the Office of the Secretary of Defense, the Joint Staff, the Unified Combatant Commands, the Navy, the Marine Corps, the defense agencies, and the defense Intelligence Community.

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  • Personnel Management and Labor Relations
  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

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