Adult Learning and the Establishment of Training Programs in Bureaucratic-Like Organizations
AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH
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In the broadest sense, the U.S. Military is the largest provider of hospitality in the world, housing, feeding, and providing recreation and relaxation for volunteers, draftees in wartime, and civilian workers that number over two million. Although we tend to think of soldiers, sailors and marines as recipients of technical training associated with defense of land, sea, and air, providing housing and food to this enormous force requires staffing from among officers and enlisted personnel as well as civilians. Lodging and feeding great numbers of people on a continuous basis is never an easy task, especially when it is sometimes done in the field, as opposed to permanent and more comfortable installation facilities. In the case of the armed services, an additional burden exists not only does the service require a well- trained and efficient force to carry through the day-to-day objectives of hospitality, but the service men and women who provide it should have, on separation, a useful trade for reentry into civilian life. Training service personnel for this necessary task, then, requires extraordinary care and thought, if both of these aims are to be realized.
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