Accession Number : ADA304231

Title :   Sinai Task Force Leaders at the Infantry Leaders Course.

Descriptive Note : Final rept. Aug 94-Feb 95,

Corporate Author : ARMY RESEARCH INST FOR THE BEHAVIORAL AND SOCIAL SCIENCES ALEXANDRIA VA

Personal Author(s) : Salter, Margaret S. ; Fober, Gene W. ; Pleban, Robert J. ; Valentine, Patrick J.

PDF Url : ADA304231

Report Date : JUN 1995

Pagination or Media Count : 92

Abstract : The senior leaders of the 4-505 Parachute Infantry Regiment (PIR) Multinational Force and Observers (MFO) Sinai Task Force deployed from Fort Bragg, NC, to Fort Benning, GA, from August 26, 1994 through September 23, 1994, to attend the Infantry Leaders Course (ILC). The 4-505 is a composite or 'experimental' battalion, both in its composition and in its availability to accomplish the MFO Sinai peace- keeping mission. In leadership positions, half are Regular Army, the other half National Guard or Army Reserve. The ILC, specializing in Infantry doctrine and tactics and collective Infantry skills, was the initial training event for 154 leaders of the newly constituted battalion and their first opportunity to function as a group. Data were collected through written questionnaires, interviews, and first-hand training observations. Research questions focused on training and within unit bonding. Observations confirmed that the composite battalion would be able to conduct its mission; the leaders were trained. Those with skill deficiencies were highly motivated and benefitted most. Early concerns over unit cohesion focused on the Active/Reserve mixture and whether the two elements could be combined and work together. Concerns proved unfounded, as the members of the units readily accepted each other as members of the common MFO unit.

Descriptors :   *SKILLS, *BATTALION LEVEL ORGANIZATIONS, *TASK FORCES, *INFANTRY PERSONNEL, *COURSES(EDUCATION), *MILITARY COMMANDERS, *LEADERSHIP TRAINING, OBSERVERS, NATIONAL GUARD, MILITARY RESERVES, LESSONS LEARNED, LEADERSHIP, PEACETIME, MILITARY DOCTRINE, DEFICIENCIES, ACTIVE DUTY, NORTH CAROLINA, QUESTIONNAIRES, COHESION, SINAI.

Subject Categories : Personnel Management and Labor Relations
      Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

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