Leadership In The United States Army

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Introduction “Army Secretary John McHugh defended the Army 's decision to open Ranger School and outlined data that showed female candidates performed just as well - and in some cases better than - their male peers” (Tan, 2015). United States Army soldiers have fought in every war for our nation since its inception. Millions of men who have placed their lives in jeopardy in domestic and foreign lands serving in front line combat units during the Revolutionary War, Civil War, two World Wars, Korea, Vietnam, and our modern battles against terrorist organizations. Each front line combat unit has their own particular culture, but the main constant is that they are exclusively a male environment.
With the absence of a compulsory draft and
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Change is always hard to implement and the change for the US Army will be no exception. The organization will have to overcome 200 plus years of culture and tradition to ensure that this change strategy is a success, which will present leadership obstacles and opportunities. Former Army General and Chief of Staff Colin Powell comments on addressing organizational change that “good leaders defy conventional wisdom. They engender a climate of let’s try it experimentation, demand innovative initiatives from people, and reward performance” (Harari, 2002, p. …show more content…
Army slogan, be all that you can be: In the Army. There ultimate vision and mission is distinguish unique roles, help society evolve in a chaos and complex world, and build a new future on a proud past. (Mchugh & Odierno, 03). The army is building unique roles by consolidating strategic gain, integrating operations, enabling sustained operations, and operating amongst populations (Mchugh & Odierno, 03). Over the next 10 years, it is likely the United States will face an unstable, unpredictable, increasingly complex global security environment that will be shaped by several key emergent trends: the rise of non-state actors; an increase in “hybrid threats;” state challenges to the international order; and expanding urbanization (Mchugh & Odierno, 03). The U.S. Army is here to prepare and protect us. The Army of 2015 is a force to be proud of - a force built upon the hard choices and dedicated work of generations of great Soldiers before us – but, we cannot become the Army we need to be by remaining the Army that we are. In order for the Army to achieve its enduring mission for the Nation, it must adapt and evolve as the world around us changes (Mchugh & Odierno, 03). In the 1700s when the U.S. Army began woman served on the battlefield as nurses, water bearers, cooks, laundresses and saboteurs (Meyers, 2016). It was not until 2008, after many changes in women’s role overtime, that the first woman was promoted to a

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