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June 1, 2008  

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MAJ. DUSTIN MITCHELL RESPONDS TO “NEW ANSWERS TO HARD QUESTIONS” BY 1ST LT. BRIAN DROHAN AND LT. COL. JOHN NAGL, APRIL AFJ (http://www.armedforcesjournal.com/2008/04/3392447)

This is a great article and addresses some of our current shortcomings in fulfilling our multitude of missions across full-spectrum operations. However, I don’t believe that any type of restructuring is in order. I do believe that the MTT (military transition team) program in its entirety can be shelved.

We already have a sufficient force structure to tackle the MTT problem, and it’s called the brigade combat team. If we applied the BCT as a true partner to an ISF Division structure, we have plenty of officers and NCOs to teach, coach and mentor that level of staff.

The one aspect that should be retained from the MTT program is some type of “Phoenix Academy” that leaders can be sent to, to improve their abilities to conduct this type of operation. It should, however, be a short duration, individual school, where they are returned back to their BCTs to be value-added in the training and execution of the mission.”

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