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Improving Junior Infantry Officer Leader Development and Performance

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US Army Command and General Staff College Fort Leavenworth United States

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The infantry operational environment is uncommonly lethal and unforgiving. Yet, junior infantry officers must succeed and simultaneously overcome the developmental challenge of preparing to operate in nine different infantry formations light, wheeled, tracked, air mobile, airborne, mortar, anti-armor, Ranger, and reconnaissance. This thesis includes details, qualitative analysis, and recommended solutions to this problem. The primary researcher proposes leveraging the existing Army Leadership Requirements Model and administrative practices across the Army Leader Development Model institutional, operational, and self-development domains in order to improve junior grade infantry officer leader development and performance. The primary researcher used a qualitative literature review and semi-structured interview methodology to analyze Army leadership theories and leader development doctrine, regulations, Department of the Army Pamphlets, development strategies, institutional course websites, and the 2014 Center for Army Leadership Annual Survey of Army Leadership. The results of this analysis are visualized using a scaled Venn diagram and Force Field Analysis. Additionally, five proposals are presented for future study in this field.

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Technical Report,08 Aug 2016,09 Jun 2017



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