Accession Number:

ADA523192

Title:

The Future of Professional Officer Education in the German Armed Forces

Descriptive Note:

Monograph

Corporate Author:

ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLL FORT LEAVENWORTH KS SCHOOL OF ADVANCED MILITARY STUDIES

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2010-04-01

Pagination or Media Count:

50.0

Abstract:

In 2004, the Fuhrungsakademie der Bundeswehr released a concept for the realignment of field grade officer development. The concept claims to respond to the requirements of the contemporary and future operating environment and attempts to ensure lifelong professional education. The reform acknowledges the growing complexity of joint, interagency, and multinational strategic considerations in the aftermath of the Cold War. A key element in the Bundeswehrs response to changes in security needs is to look actively for insights into long-term changes in doctrine, concepts of operation, and organizations. In this context, the ability of the field grade officer to analyze and deal with change is crucial to the Bundeswehrs adaptation to change. Hence, the focus of this research was an assessment of the ability of the Bundeswehrs educational reform to develop and foster critical, creative and logical thinking among German officers. To assess the Bundeswehrs educational reforms it was necessary to establish criteria with which to make the assessment. The criteria were derived by comparing the skills required by the contemporary security environment and adult education theories related to the required skills. The results of the research suggest four recommendations to improve the German field grade officers ability to learn and adapt. First, the Bundeswehr must implement a service wide synchronized professional officer education strategy that provides a detailed rationale for educational requirements. Second, the Fuhrungsakademie der Bundeswehr must incorporate learning objectives into its curricula that reflect self-directed learning and coping with complexity. Third, the Fuhrungsakademie der Bundeswehr must focus on military theory and military history that facilitates self-directed learning and coping with complexity in a professional military environment. Fina

Subject Categories:

  • Personnel Management and Labor Relations
  • Military Forces and Organizations

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE