UNIT MORALE AFTER A WAR
Donald Sensing has a great post about why the 3rd ID will be worthless for months once it finally rotates stateside from Iraq.
We had a similar experience in our MLRS unit after Desert Storm, and we were only over there six months. One of the things that occured to me during that time was that units should immediately be broken up after redeployment. Not the units per se, but the personnel rotated out and reconstituted everywhere. Doing so would solve a lot of problems, I think:
1. End the “we’ve done our share” mindset of a unit that’s already been through combat.
2. End the bifurcation that will result when new people rotate in that *didn’t* go on the mission. This is especially true of new leaders rotating in that didn’t see action. They have zero credibility when they arrive because the vets now think they’re something special.
3. Everyone is tired of one another after being together 24/7/365. Freshen things up.
4. All units–whether deployed or not–will be leavened by combat veterans who have different experiences, so there will be a lot more sharing and learning going on.