Despite the numerous years of significant amounts of operational experience in the tactical army, many officers show up at the Command and General Staff Officer Course (CGSOC) harboring varied concerns concerning how one can survive in some demanding roles such as that of a battalion executive officer, an operations officer, or working in other similar developmental positions. In any case, the subject that such officers fail to pay attention to which they are most likely to need in their future is force management. This process is the most important one which ensures that the Secretary of the Army, as well as the Army staff, meet the requirements dictated by Congress. This paper analyzes the importance of professional military officers understanding and studying force management.
Force management is important for some reasons. First, when a field grade officer is conversant with force management, they become more efficient in their role as subject-matter experts which enables them to assist senior leaders in their leadership role. Appreciating the complexity and nuances of army operations puts such officers in a position to understand, visualize and understand their organizations.
Force management is a crucial cog as far as managing and fostering change in the army is concerned since this change is at a critical point. The current atmosphere in which the military operates presents some unpredictable situations in a complex world whereby the future is uncertain. Force management is the process used to counter this situation.
Force management is also important because it touches on numerous aspects at every level in the Army. This is because the subject is applicable in tactical assignments, for example through new equipment fielding and in strategic tasks where they are expected to develop new tactics, new equipment fielding, and making cost estimates. In addition to this, field grade officers are leaders and soldiers in the army require leaders who are aware of the way in which various decisions impact the organization of a unit, personnel, and the equipment they use.
In conclusion, it is evident that force management is a crucial component of Army activities and an even more important part of the CGOSC. For the above reasons and more, it is important for all field grade officers to understand and study force management.