SOVIET PARTY-MILITARY RELATIONS: CONTAINED CONFLICT,
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The militarys growing self-assertiveness and trend toward institutional autonomy remains a serious concern to the Party leaders and they continue to seek ways of solving its dilemma. Most desirable from their point of view would be, of course, an officer corps that consisted only of dedicated and unquestionably loyal men, each of whom combined the best traits of the commander with those of the commissar. Whenever an attempt has been made, however, to realize this ideal--most recently after Marshal Zhukovs ouster--the results have been disappointing for it has proved difficult, if not impossible, for the officer to maintain with equal fervor the dual loyalty to his profession and to the Party, notwithstanding the theoretical principle that ideological motivation will govern both loyalties and preclude any possible conflict.
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