Army leaders do not want a repeat of the post-Vietnam era, when a “hollow” service spiraled out of control and one Army study concluded it was “close to losing its pride, heart, and soul.”
To avoid that, Training and Doctrine Command held a year-long, servicewide survey of 40,000 soldiers. From that survey, TRADOC officials in April published the “Army Profession Campaign Annual Report,” which highlights a force trying to adapt back to garrison life and figure out how more than a decade of combat has altered the service.
Read the whole thing. There’s a lot of food for thought in it.
For instance, on problem noted is that units experience a great deal of turnover immediately after deployment, with lots of people transferred out and new folks coming in. The contention is that this happens so early in the reset phase that it causes a lot of problems. But the fact is, you have to move those people early to allow the gaining units, and the parent unit, to bed down their new people, and start the training cycle. How do you address the first issue without knock-on problems with the second?