Educating the American Military Officer. The System and Its Challenges: An Overview,
NATIONAL WAR COLL WASHINGTON D C STRATEGIC RESEARCH GROUP
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Over the years there has developed within the Department of Defense perhaps the most elaborate and successful system dedicated to the intellectual and professional development of officers of the Armed Forces to be found in any institution in the world. An examination of this process, its components and its genesis, reveals a composite of separate programs developed and adapted over the years to satisfy specific needs. That the programs so developed have been successful in the aggregate cannot be denied. We need only to look at the officer corps of the Armed Forces, as they now exist, to be persuaded of the effectiveness of these programs as instruments for the development of professionalism and expertise. The nation and the Armed Forces have just completed the longest, most divisive and difficult war in our national history. In the course of that war, the overall performance of the Armed Forces, as it reflects officership, was superb. The dedication and professionalism exemplified by the American prisoners-of-war, as representative products of the system, during their long incarceration and their subsequent return to our nation with their honor intact, attests to this quality and substance of these programs.
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