Total Force Integration: Revisiting the Captains to Europe Program.
ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA
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Prior-service experience is one of the most important factors in maintaining an Army National Guard ARNG prepared to execute its mobilization mission. An ARNG officer with active duty experience provides the ARNG with a leader skilled in his profession and cognizant of the Armys organizational behaviors. This type of experience is necessary for the ARNG to execute its wartime missions consistent with the Active Component AC. After the Gulf War in 1991, Congress concluded that AC experience was a critical factor in Reserve Component RC unit preparedness for mobilization so much so, that in 1993, Congress established prior-service experience objectives for the ARNG in a major piece of legislation concerning ARNG readiness. Prior-service experience provides the essential skills and the institutional knowledge critical for the ARNG to mirror the traits, behaviors and organizational patterns of the AC. This paper examines a program conducted in the 1980s, known as ARNG Captains to Europe, that provided a group of ARNG officers with such experience.
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