A Study of the Sociological Aspects of Stationing Troops in Peacetime Garrions.
ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA
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This essay develops an historical perspective of those sociological factors associated with peacetime troops stationing concepts from the 16th Century onward. The perspective is then amplified by an analysis of contemporary sociological views regarding military communities. Source data for the historical and contemporary views was gathered through a review of the literature. This review revealed no thorough analysis of the sociological implications of peacetime troop stationing policies. The leading historical military writers concentrated on tactics and strategy with but infrequent comment on the billeting of standing armies in peacetime. Contemporary social scientists were more concerned with the broader aspects of military sociology, such as the role of the military in the state, development of military professionalism, and indoctrination of military personnel. They paid somewhat more attention to the sociology of troop stationing policies than did the earlier military writers, but no detailed treatment of the topic was found. The paper concludes with the authors observations on peacetime garrisons and the finding that smaller, more widely dispersed installations are preferred from a sociological standpoint. Author
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