What if you could take a proven system that works and place it against a life event like Military Transition for guaranteed progress and success? Would you be willing to at least try?
That’s exactly what I’ve decide to do with the Military Decision Making Process – MDMP.
Last blog post I analyzed Steps 3 and 4 of MDMP and demonstrated how effective this proven system would be if executed during transition planning. Let’s continue the comparison by taking a look at Step 5.
Step 5: Course of Action (COAs) Comparison. During this step of MDMP, COA analysis gets intense as the staff compares the advantages and disadvantages from their individual perspective. This is a unique take on analysis of available COAs because each staff element is responsible for a different aspect of the battle so their concerns differ based on their areas of responsibility.
For example, a Division staff is comprised of the G-Staff – G1 Personnel, G2 Intelligence, G3 Operations and Training, G4 Logistics, G5 Civil-military operations, and G6 Signal operations. The G3 is going to be more concerned with unit readiness and personnel and equipment replacement while the G4 will be more concerned with supply routes for getting replacement troops and equipment to the area of operations. The G6 will be concerned with establishing effective communication lines across the area of operations and the G2 is going to counter each staff element’s plan by telling them how the enemy is going to exploit their weaknesses and vulnerabilities.
This process may sound pretty extensive, because it is. It is necessary in order to plan for every action – reaction to any given COA, we call this branches and sequels in military operational planning.
This same level of intense planning could be necessary during transition planning depending on the service member’s situation. Think about the service member who is being separated as a result of a medical board. A service member going through a medical board can find themselves on an ever-changing schedule based on the medical board process. In addition, the service member may find that their options for life after military have drastically changed depending on the extent of their medical condition and physical limitations. In this case, the service member should absolutely have multiple COAs that they’ve compared and can choose from once the transition process begins.
I also found that in transition it is necessary to be flexible with your planning. When I transitioned I decided to go back home to help with a family business. While I loved helping out, I eventually discovered that my idea of doing business and my family member’s idea of doing business didn’t match up and it started to affect our relationship. It became an unhealthy environment for me, both physically and mentally. I had to make a decision and I decided to move onto another COA for my life. My family fully supported me and completely understood.
So in Step 5 of MDMP, COA Comparison, we continue to see strong evidence to my argument that a proven combat system could offer significant progress if used against a life event such as transition from the military. Join me tomorrow when I take a look at the Transition Process through Step 6 ‘Course of Action Approval’ of the MDMP.