“In order to accomplish the mission” : a case study of the culture and culture training in Ball State Reserve Officer Training Corp (ROTC) in 2007

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dc.contributor.advisor Nyce, James M.
dc.contributor.author Viall, Steven A. en_US
dc.coverage.spatial n-us-in n-us--- en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2011-06-09T15:34:46Z
dc.date.available 2011-06-09T15:34:46Z
dc.date.created 2008 en_US
dc.date.issued 2008
dc.identifier.uri http://cardinalscholar.bsu.edu/handle/123456789/193736
dc.description.abstract The Army Reserve Officer Training Corp (ROTC) at Ball State University is a program designed to indoctrinate, train, and prepare students for careers as officers in the United States Army. In addition to military science classes held on campus cadets are required to attend the Leadership Development and Assessment Course (LDAC) at Fort Lewis, Washington, a 33-day long course that focuses on combat related competencies. It is during this training that students are first taught the precepts of cultural awareness inside a military context. This research argues that cultural awareness training, introduced to cadets as a battlefield obstacle that can impede mission completion, is incompatible with the organizational culture of the Army. Using ethnographic methods as a theoretical framework, this research focuses on Ball State Army ROTC culture and the broader issue of culture as an obstacle. The data reveals the assumptions and symbols that inform the practical application of cultural awareness and mission orientation as well as the difficulties of securing reliable anthropological information. The goal of this paper is a practical body of knowledge that will bridge gaps in the literature and serve as an invitation for an open dialog between anthropologists, military members of all rank, and policy makers.
dc.description.sponsorship Department of Anthropology
dc.format.extent 111 p. : digital, PDF file. en_US
dc.source CardinalScholar 1.0 en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Cross-cultural studies -- Study and teaching (Higher) en_US
dc.subject.other United States. Army -- Military life.
dc.subject.other Ball State University. Army Reserve Officers' Training Corps. en_US
dc.title “In order to accomplish the mission” : a case study of the culture and culture training in Ball State Reserve Officer Training Corp (ROTC) in 2007 en_US
dc.description.degree Thesis (M.A.)
dc.identifier.cardcat-url http://liblink.bsu.edu/catkey/1427399 en_US

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    Master's theses submitted to the Graduate School by Ball State University master's degree candidates in partial fulfillment of degree requirements.

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