US Army Command and General Staff College Fort Leavenworth United States
The purpose of this thesis is to examine the subject of mentorship and how it relates to career success in the United States Army. The term mentorship is loosely understood and is often mislabeled. This study seeks to explain underlying reasons why there is a lack of African American United States Army officers in the combat arms branches. It attempts to understand the strategic nature of mentorship and its effect on officers. Clear identification and implementation of mentorship at critical times should positively increase the number of African American combat arms officers in the United States Army.