Accession Number:

ADA180737

Title:

The Trend Toward Rationalization and the Military Profession

Descriptive Note:

Final rept.

Corporate Author:

ARMY MILITARY PERSONNEL CENTER ALEXANDRIA VA

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1987-04-27

Pagination or Media Count:

128.0

Abstract:

The organizational trend toward increasing bureaucracy and rationality in the American military during the post-World War II period is described. The effect of this trend of the professional officer corps is examined using a symbolic interactionist approach drawing the theoretical link between structures and individuals. The danger of the dominance of bureaucractic-managerial officer sterotypes in the peacetime military is raised. The performance of the officer corps is examined in the combat environment in Vietnam and in the Armys current program to improve combat effectiveness COHORT. The major conclusion is that military leaders must be cognizant of the strong organization bias towards rationally and efficiency in peacetime and the tendency to eclipse the military professions core values of Duty, Honor, Country and leadership skills that are ultimately required in combat.

Subject Categories:

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

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE