Accession Number : ADA293911

Title :   Cohesive Tactical Units Are Effective Combat Units,

Corporate Author : ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLL FORT LEAVENWORTH KS SCHOOL OF ADVANCED MIL ITARY STUDIES

Personal Author(s) : Alexander, Michael W.

PDF Url : ADA293911

Report Date : 14 DEC 1994

Pagination or Media Count : 55

Abstract : This monograph discusses the importance of cohesion to build an effective tactical unit. Historically, armies that have done well in combat have been cohesive units. This monograph investigates the components that produce effective cohesive units among those that served in combat over a protracted period (six months or more). The monograph examines two U.S. tactical units. The first unit studied will be the 1st Battalion, 7th Cavalry from the 1st Cavalry Division in 1965. The second unit studied will be Task Force Barker from the 23rd Americal Division in 1968. The primary focus of this study is to examine the following question: To what extent was cohesion a factor in the success of 1/7th Cavalry and in the failure of Task Force Barker? This monograph will compare the two units using criteria derived from Anthony Kellet's Combat Motivation. Finally, the significance of this study emerges from the likelihood that in the future, the U.S. Army will conduct a variety of protracted operations under the heading of operations other than war (OOTW). The success of these operations will depend on the Army's ability to field cohesive tactical units.

Descriptors :   *COMBAT READINESS, *MILITARY PLANNING, MILITARY HISTORY, MORALE, MILITARY TRAINING, MOTIVATION.

Subject Categories : Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE