US Army Command and General Staff College Fort Leavenworth United States
Some officers are not meant to be leaders. This statement may contradict everything we try to instill into our officers at West Point, Reserve Officer Training Corps, or Officer Candidate School, but it is the authors belief that some could possibly just want to work as an officer apart of the Army, rather than lead in it. This thesis defines leadership within Army terms. This paper also looks at how the Army promotes its junior officers to further understand that system. In addition, this paper looks at how a light infantry battalion S3 section operates. The Army lacks human continuity in the Battalion S3 section. The operations section of a light infantry battalion always experiences ebbs and flows to knowledge. This paper proposes that if the Army establishes human continuity within the light infantry battalion S3 section with permanent staff officers it will not only focus our officers that want to be leaders, but also fill a much-needed gap in the human continuity of the operations section.