Dual Army Couples and Their Impact on Readiness
ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA
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The Army is shrinking. Growing public concern for the federal deficit, the perception of a much diminished Soviet threat and ballooning demands for domestic social programs have exerted tremendous pressures on Congress to reduce the Department of Defense budget. One of the key challenges facing the Armys senior leadership today is how to reduce the force structure and maintain an acceptable level of readiness. This study examines the impact of dual Army couples on readiness. Presented in this study is a review of previous studies and applicable literature on dual Army couples are examined. Professional development issues for dual Army couples are explored in depth with particular emphasis on officer professional development. This study concludes that there is no measurable direct impact on unit readiness. However, an indirect impact on readiness results from conflicting professional development needs of dual Army couples and their twin commitments to the Army and their marriage.
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