I have been the DCG for LD&E and Deputy Commandant for CGSC for 50+ days and am ready to jump feet first into the CAC blogosphere. I would like to get your thoughts on Length of Command.
There has been much debate recently in leadership circles about changing the length of Battalion and Brigade commands from 24 months to 36 months.
Currently, commanders are averaging 31 months in command, so adding another five months might not seem like a stretch. Taking this action would better align units and personnel with the ARFORGEN cycle in order to provide units with continuity of command. But there are obvious other impacts such a decision would make, to include fewer opportunities for commands and senior Army leaders with command experience.
Whose needs should be considered? The Army? The Soldiers/Unit? The individual?
I am interested in your thoughts on this important issue, casting the net wide here for input as we continue the dialogue before any decisions are rendered. Feel free to comment, I want to hear from all angles of the issue: past, present and future commanders as well as staff and support personnel who have weathered these transitions time and again.