US Army Executive Development
ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA
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For the past decade there has been considerable debate concerning the appropriate form and substance of continuing education for general officers, the executive level of leadership in the Army. The debate has frequently gotten off-track because of confusion in the use of the terms training, education and development. These terms are defined in relation to the desired outcome of the instructional process and an interrelationship between the three is presented. Specific programs and initiatives resulting from the Review of Education and Training for Officers RETO study are then examined. While the RETO study provided a sound philosophical basis for a comprehensive executive development program, it lacked analysis and identification of specific training needs. As a result, considerable effort and resources have been devoted to the development, design and implementation of training activities that lack a clearly defined, desired outcome. In the absence of analysis, the full value of the programs and initiatives underway is difficult to assess. Structured, disciplined analysis is required if the Army is to realize the full potential of its executive development efforts.
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