Unit Reconstitutions: Combat Stress as an Indicator of Unit Effectiveness
ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLLEGE FORT LEAVENWORTH KS
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What is the role of combat stress control in Army unit reconstitutions that follow traumatic events US Army doctrine on reconstitutions, which dates back to 1992 but was most recently revised in 2014, now fails to incorporate combat and operational stress control COSC as a key component of the regeneration process. With an eye toward the role commanders play in planning, preparing, and synchronizing reconstitutions after traumatic events, I examine reconstitution and COSC manuals to produce a theory positing that unit effectiveness varies with the steps military leaders take to incorporate COSC into reconstitution plans. I then test my theory using three historical cases, while also reflecting on one personal case to wit, my experience reconstituting B Troop, 3-61 CAV after the Battle of COP Keating.
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics