Operation AL FAJR

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Leadership is a form of art and science. There are various strings attached to this term that turn into actions and influences. One of the most influential leadership organizations are those men and women who serve the United States within military forces. Every person in this organization has some sort of leadership role that is critical and influential to the force. One of the biggest challenges that good leaders face is the encounter with another good leader. Though the initial thought would be that two leaders would work well together, that isn’t always the case. Good leaders can obtain all the same qualities but portray them in such different ways that they could possibly clash. Operation AL FAJR was a study conducted on a U.S Army and…show more content…
This sparked during the American World War I victory where the U.S Marines received a lot of the credit, as if they did it all on their own. By the end of the war, it was very obvious that there was tension between the two forces. Army officers were suspicious of Marines officers and Marines officers were always trying to be above the Army officers. The tension and rivalry was very apparent to the public. When World War II came around, there was still animosity between the two. General Douglas MacArthur argued “the Marines had enough glory in WWI” referring to the fact that they glorified themselves after the victory. Sadly, there was so much conflict that Army MG Ralph C. Smith was relieved of command because of lack of leadership and aggressiveness, and he blamed the Marines for it. In this case, this would be a worst-case scenario. As a leader, those who follow should always be of top priority because, especially during battle, their life is in your hands. Because of that rivalry, MG Smith was not able to perform to his best ability and that is extremely unfortunate.
The rivalry was so bad, President Harry S. Truman said that the military should represent “a more unified, cohesive, fighting force”. When the president gets involved speaking on the leadership of such powerful forces, it should be considered the last red flag. Unfortunately, that wasn’t the case when the Security Act of 1947 that expanded the role of the Marines, which infuriated the Army even more than before. At the entry of the Korean war, the tension was still boiling. It was almost as if it had no end because it even continued through the Vietnam
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