Kairos and Courage Using an Ethical Method to Resolve the Army Rift.
ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA
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The rift between the Regular Army and the Army National Guard must be healed. In September 1997, the Secretary of Defense directed that the Army eliminate all residual barriers - structural and cultural - to effective integration within the Total Force Army. Army staffing has not only failed to identify the means to resolve the rift, it has further aggravated it. The author uses an ethical method to analyze the rift and to suggest means by which it can be healed. The rift is distinct from the historic tensions inherent in the system of checks and balances between the Regular Army and the Army National Guard. Accusations of individual dishonesty and cultural bias are symptoms not the causes of the rift. The cause of the rift is a failure of integrity. Using the ethical method, the author suggests that an opportune moment, kairos, is at hand that will permit courageous leaders to implement certain specific decision-making processes and structural changes necessary to create a truly integrated Army partnership.
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