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Rod Powers

New Army Chief of Staff Eyes Big Changes

By May 9, 2011

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The day after he became chief of staff of the Army, Gen. Martin Dempsey was given an in-depth assessment of the state of the Army he took over. It was not a pretty picture, according to an Army Times story.

The report, assembled by a transition team of 20 hand-picked officers and NCOs, described an Army where:
Tension exists among military and civilian leaders.
Many soldiers lack training and discipline.
Concerns about future deployments and budget cuts weigh heavily on senior leaders.
Soldiers are promoted before they are ready for the next rank.
The Army Transition Team's April 12 report, titled "What we heard ... ," is a compilation of findings from anonymous surveys conducted with the Army's leaders, soldiers and families.

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