Military Review English Edition September-October 2014 - Page 72

Photo by Capt. Kevin Sandell, 11th Public Affairs Detachment A team of five soldiers hoists a fast rope on their shoulders before being extracted using the special­ purpose insertion and extraction system and fast-rope insertion and extraction system method, 18 July 2014. The UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter is flown by a crew with the North Dakota Army National Guard’s C Company, 2nd Battalion, 285th Aviation Regiment. is almost always discouraged. This can result in few courageous followers. officer courses. For now, however, followership still remains an unpopular topic within Army academic circles. Military Education Opportunities Organizational Culture as Organizational Life There could be many opportunities to teach ethics and followership at all levels of professional military education. Entry-level officer basic courses include leadership classes, but almost no formal academic classes discuss followership concepts. There are few lessons on how to provide negative feedback to one’s boss when the boss might be wrong. Due to many recent senior military leader investigations, ethics is becoming mandatory training, especially for field grade officers. In 2013, ethics classes were introduced into the Command and General Staff College curriculum by directive from the Department of the Army. This provides an excellent opportunity to address unethical decisions by senior leaders and the actions their staffs could have taken to prevent them. In the next few years, ethics training will also become prevalent in junior 70 Many references to bureaucracy relate to how the employee becomes a part of the organization (or machine), and the employee’s life is the job. The Army does this to soldiers by providing for every facet of life: medical care, housing, social events, and the work place. A bureaucratic culture in any organization can stifle creativity, honesty, and constructive criticism. There are always asymmetric power relations in an army, a multinational corporation, or a family business, that result in the vast majority working for the interest of a select few.20 The Army has a history of military prodigies who were chosen by current generals to rule in the future because of their connections, family lineages, and perceived entitlement of authority. The theory of the “iron law of oligarchy” is reflected in the September-October 2014  MILITARY REVIEW