Accession Number:

ADA503463

Title:

Training and Selection of Small Unit Enlisted Leaders

Descriptive Note:

Research paper

Corporate Author:

MICHIGAN UNIV ANN ARBOR CENTER FOR POLITICAL STUDIES

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2006-02-07

Pagination or Media Count:

12.0

Abstract:

Success on the battlefield is directly related to small unit leaders. Lieutenants and noncommissioned officers NCOs have a huge influence in determining whether or not battles are won. Throughout the Marine Corps history, it has consistently produced outstanding small unit leaders who have accomplished amazing feats and have been the deciding factor in victory. These small unit leaders continue to uphold the Marine Corps traditions on todays battlefields even though the training of Lieutenants is quite different from that of NCOs. Lieutenants are required to go through a more thorough selection and training cycle than do NCOs in current training programs for small unit leaders. The new concepts of Strategic Corporal, 4th Generation Warfare, and Distributed Operations ensure that small unit leaders importance and challenges on future battlefields will continue to increase. To make sure that its small unit enlisted leaders are prepared for future challenges, a cultural change in the way the Marine Corps trains and selects its small unit enlisted leaders will be necessary.

Subject Categories:

  • Personnel Management and Labor Relations
  • Military Forces and Organizations

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE