"Blue in Lieu of Green": Is Air Force Filling Army Positions a Worthwhile Endeavor or a Slippery Slope?
NAVAL WAR COLL NEWPORT RI JOINT MILITARY OPERATIONS DEPT
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This paper examines whether or not the AFs current policy of filling Army requirements is worthwhile, and, more importantly, if it should continue. The papers thesis is that the in lieu of the Army policy is worthwhile and of benefit to the effectiveness of the joint force. Furthermore, the policy should continue, but be carefully watched to ensure the AF maintains its distinctive combat capability at the same time it is contributing to the joint fight. In addition to highlighting the major AF contributions in the Global War on Terrorism and in support of the Army, this paper outlines the advantages and disadvantages of the policy. The advantages include easing the burden on the strained Army combat experience for AF personnel increased credibility in the joint force and the fact it is the right thing for the AF to do. The disadvantages include costs associated with training and equipping AF personnel to fill Army positions filling billets that are outside the core competencies of the AF the policys potential negative impact on AF recruiting and retention and finally, the potential adverse impact on AF combat readiness and effectiveness. When each disadvantage is put in perspective and coupled with the many benefits, there is precedent and rationale for the change. The AF needs to continue meeting the Armys shortfalls as able, but, while doing so, the AF must stay within its competencies as much as possible and closely monitor key data points such as recruitment, reenlistment, retention, and combat readiness and effectiveness. Lastly, the AF should conduct a public relations campaign to educate its own people on the value of the policy.
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