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Accession Number ADA568278
Title Polyester Culture: The U.S. Army's Aversion to Broadening Assignments.
Publication Date Apr 2012
Media Count 54p
Personal Author T. D. Boccardi
Abstract This study examines the puzzle introduced by Secretary Gates in his speech at West Point: 'how the Army can adapt its practices and culture break-up the institutional concrete, its bureaucratic rigidity in its assignments and promotion processes' The Army has proven its ability to adapt and innovate in many areas, yet it has not done so with its personnel practices. This study seeks to determine why career development practices for U.S. Army officers have not been optimized to balance breadth and depth of experience despite recent wartime pressures and post-conflict drawdown. It also intends to determine whether a short-term bridging strategy consisting of small fixes can gain organizational momentum to close the cleavage, and if the creation of a Talent Management System will yield a bench of future strategic leaders. The Army's challenge is to build experiential capital through broadening experiences--experiences that are outside the 'muddy-boots culture'--that will enable Army officers returning from War to reintegrate into the social order.
Keywords Army
Army personnel
Joint military activities
Military doctrine
Officer personnel
Personnel development

Source Agency Non Paid ADAS
NTIS Subject Category 74 - Military Sciences
70D - Personnel Management, Labor Relations & Manpower Studies
92A - Job Training & Career Development
Corporate Author Yale Univ., New Haven, CT.
Document Type Technical report
Title Note Research paper.
NTIS Issue Number 1311
Contract Number N/A

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