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WARRIOR SPIRIT Conclusion U.S. Army photo by Cpl. Alex Flynn, 70th MPAD instead of being pushed out of the Army, simply allowing them to be toxic someplace else. Actions are necessary to weed out those leaders who are detrimental to the overall cohesion and morale in individual units. It is not enough to discuss the dangers of poor leadership. The Army must make a concerted effort to dismiss these leaders in order to gain the trust of the talented leaders who combine skilled management with heroic leadership. Soldiers of the 184th Security Force Assistance Team (California National Guard) conduct basic range training in Tarin Kot, Afghanistan, 27 September 2013. The 184th SFAT’s mission was to advise and assist the Afghan Uniformed Police in Uruzgan Province. The warrior spirit currently exists in the Army, and it is a critical factor in our combat success. As the Army reverts back to a peacetime environment, special efforts must be made to promote an Army-wide command climate that nurtures and preserves the warrior ethos. Otherwise, talented officers and NCOs that are both heroic leaders and expert managers will find another line of work as they lose faith that the Army is serious about remaining a combat-focused institution dedicated to retaining the warrior spirit. Senior leaders must underwrite subordinate risk-taking and evaluate subordinates on the command climate that they foster at the company level. Also, as the Army transitions to a leaner force there is an opportunity to identify poor leaders, thank them for their service, and force them to find a new line of work. By taking this step, the warrior spirit can remain part of the organizational culture, and the Army can remain capable of accomplishing the mission. Notes 1. Vernon Loeb, “Army Plans Steps to Heighten ‘Warrior Ethos’: Leaders View Many Soldiers as Too Specialized,” Washington Post (8 September 2003). 2. Morris Janowitz, The Professional Soldier: A Social and Political Portrait (New York: Free Press, 1971), viii. 3. Thom Shanker, “Warning Against Wars Like Iraq and Afghanistan,” New York Times.com (25 February 2011), http://www. nytimes.com/2011/02/26/world/26gates.html?_r=1&. 4. Google, s.v. “spirit,” https://www.google. com/?gws_rd=ssl#hl=en&q=spirit+definition. 5. Dictionary.com, s.v. “spirit,” http://dictionary.reference.com/ browse/spirit?s=t. 6. “Proposed working definition of the traditional ‘warrior ethos’,” (working paper, Center for Strategic and International Studies, October 20, 1998), quoted in David W. Buckingham, Naval War College paper, The Warrior Ethos, 12 March 1999, http:// www.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a366676.pdf. 7. “The Warrior Ethos,” U.S. Army, Army.mil, http://www.army. mil/values/warrior.html. MILITARY REVIEW  September-October 2014 8. U.S. Army, The United States Army 2004 Posture Statement, 5 February 2004, http://www.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a459238. pdf. 9. U.S. Army Information Paper, Army Posture Statement 2008, Warrior Ethos, 2008, http://www.army.mil/aps/08/information_papers/other/Warrior_Ethos.html. 10. U.S. Army, Army Posture Statement 2012, 2012, http://www. army.mil/aps/12. 11. Garry L. Thompson, U.S. Army Command and General Staff College master’s thesis, Army Downsizing Following World War I, World War II, Vietnam, and a Comparison to Recent Army Downsizing, 31 May 2002, 58, http://www.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/ u2/a415899.pdf. 12. Janowitz, 32. 13. Ibid., xix. 14. Ibid., 21. 15. Ibid., 21. 16. Walter F. Ulmer Jr., “Leaders, Managers, and Command Climate,” Armed Forces Journal International, ( July 1986): 55. 99