Military Management and the Civilian Sector

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Military Management and the Civilian Sector

By | July 2006
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Military Management and the Civilian Sector

The Military Prepares its Managers for the Front Lines
But does it Prepare them for the War of Big Business?

Prepared by: Joseph Foster

Strayer University

CONTENTS

CHAPTER 1 INTRODUCTION……………………………………………2
Context of the Problem………………………………………………..2
Statement of the Problem……………………………………………...3
Significance of the Study……………………………………………...4
Objectives of the Study………………………………………………..5
Research Methods……………………………………………………..5 REFERENCES CITED……………………………………………………...7

INTRODUCTION

Context of the Problem

The military recruits thousands of men and women a year and at the same time thousands separate and enter the civilian sector. Some of these former service members have been volunteers for only 2 years while others are retiring with 20 years of service. As these people enter the civilian sector they are becoming managers and leading many companies from small to large. They are managing and leading multi-million dollar firms the same way most of us would. They are drawing solutions to problems from previous life experiences.

For the majority of active service members, their life experience has most recently come from the "War on Terror." They have spent months deployed to the front lines managing subordinates through what can sometimes life or death situations. They are drawing from experience and training that was given to them through military leadership courses, college degrees, and previous supervisors.

For the purpose of this study military mangers will be defined as commissioned officers. There are a number of levels of management in the military which begin in the middle enlisted ranks and extend upward to the highest commissioned officers. Since the officer holds the majority of the accountability in the military it makes them a more likely comparison to management in the civilian sector.

A service member becomes an officer through a few, sometimes very...