Army Reserve Culture: A Critical Part of Transformation
ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA
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As the United States Army Reserve undergoes a transformation called by former Chief of the Army Reserve, Lieutenant General Helmly, the deepest, most profound change it has pursued in more than 50 years, a top priority must be understanding and shaping Army Reserve organizational and leadership culture. While resources, capabilities, and an innovative culture are three key areas necessary to complete Army Reserve transformation, this paper focuses on culture because it is critical to sustaining that transformation. To develop an innovative culture, one must first study and understand the culture of the Army Reserve that was born during the strategic reserve time period and must now morph at an unprecedented pace to one that supports an operational reserve concept. This paper examines Army Reserve culture through three lenses a historic lens, an Army Reserve organizational culture lens, and an Army Reserve senior leadership culture lens. The paper concludes by recommending that the Army Reserve formally study its organizational and leadership culture, better understand its officer leadership development, and develop a roadmap to change its organizational and leadership culture to anchor transformation in a time of persistent conflict.
- Administration and Management
- Personnel Management and Labor Relations
- Military Forces and Organizations