Military Leader Assessment and Development

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Today’s military leadership was defined and cultured through revolutions, civil war, conflicts, and currently a combat era lasting almost ten years. Through recent leadership development changes brought on by former Secretary of the Army, Dr. Francis Harvey, the military has become an entity trying to keep ahead of the incessant derogatory diversions to the honorable way of life impeding military leadership everyday. Disregard for human life, loss of the moral compass, innuendo, and complacency have caused the hierarchy to struggle with the leadership model that has formed the civilian populace and ultimately, the future leaders of the military. The leadership model from FM 6-0 serves to guide and provide a basis for thinking and learning. Soldiers arguably want to be honorable and serve their country and communities. They think above the immorality and demonstrate the need to have legitimate attributes the American people have come to expect and deserve. By molding and mentoring Soldiers to demonstrate character and not to be ashamed of their belief system, the diversity of cultural exchange and improvement of intellectual capacity serves to ensure a resilient military. In order to ensure resiliency, several factors must be part of a maturing officer: values, empathy and the Warrior Ethos. These factors were communicated heavily in the 80’s and 90’s. However, the early twentieth century focused on rebuilding and reorganization of forces. Collective training of new equipment was the focus, too. “There was no clear-cut threat against which to prepare a defense. The strategic environment was increasingly volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous. The Army had to prepare to deter unknown adversaries, defeat ill-defined enemies, and control unfamiliar situations. Instead of focusing on prevailing in major combat operations, the Army was required to balance its capabilities. However, the desire for a “peace dividend” again resulted in a smaller...
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