Choosing the Best: Battalion Command and the Role of Experience [report]

Thomas C. Graves
1999 unpublished
Choosing the Best: Battalion Command and the Role of Experience, by Major Thomas C. Graves, US Army, 60 pages. Experiential theorists have studied the role that experience plays in decision making in a naturalistic environment. This monograph takes that evidence and applies it to tactical situations. Specifically, the monograph studies how experience is gained in the United States Army at the tactical level prior to an officer assuming battalion command. The monograph includes an in depth study
more » ... of how battalion command has increased in complexity since World War II. It shows a trend towards increasing complexity and difficulty throughout the last fifty years. Given this information, the monograph also studies how the Army has ensured that battalion commanders are prepared to assume their duties in this increasingly complex environment. The monograph attempts to determine whether an actual amount of time is required in key and critical jobs, rated as "branch qualifying" positions. Endnotes "™ Bibliography 54 Department of the Army. DA Pam 600-3: Career Planning for Army Commissioned Officers.
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