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The Role of Military Myth in Society

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Air Command And Staff College Mawell AFB United States

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This paper discusses the role of military myth in society, specifically modern American society. It argues that military myth, in most cases, fosters the belief that the nations cause is worthy and should be supported by the members of the society. The paper reviews elements of military myth throughout history, including war monuments dedicated to WWI dead, the image of the aviator in WWI, the Chinese Long March, the levee en masse in the French Revolution, and the popular image of German military members after WWII. It goes on to utilize several recent American works to highlight the role of the military myth. Works examined include the novels Red Alert, The Hunters, Cassada. Catch-22, and The Ace. It also discusses movies including Strategic Air Command, Gathering of Eagles, Red Tails, and The Tuskegee Airmen. Overall, the paper explains that the military myth attempts to justify why members of a society should willingly participate in the societys defense.

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  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

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