Training for Transformation: When Should the U.S. Army Train Multifunctional Logistics?
ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLL FORT LEAVENWORTH KS
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This study acknowledges the importance of multifunctional logistics proficiency to support the revolution in military logistics required to realize the Armys transformation to the Objective Force. To this end, this research analyzed the optimal career timing for multifunctional logistics training for the commissioned officer corps. Continual support structure evolution and technological advances have blurred the division of functional logistics responsibility resulting in a support structure that relies heavily on multifunctional logisticians. In an effort to determine the ideal career timing for multifunctional logistics training, this study examined the historical trends that have illustrated a requirement for increased proficiency in all facets of logistics at increasingly lower ranks. Specifically, transformational forces Digitized Division and Stryker Brigade Combat Team generate requirements for this proficiency at the company-grade ranks. This research also surveyed the opinions of logistics officers in various ranks to determine the logistics communitys perceived educational requirements and necessary changes to the current officer education system. Based on the doctrinal evolution of logistics structure and manning that fosters a requirement for multifunctional logistics abilities in junior company-grade officers, and the conclusions drawn from a logistics officer survey, multifunctional logistics training should be trained upon initial entry at the officer basic course.
- Personnel Management and Labor Relations
- Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies