Professional Military Education: Its Historical Development and Future Challenges
ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA
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The United States Armys Professional Military Education System had its beginnings in the post-Civil War era. Using the great Prussian education system as a model, early military educators developed a system to meet the specific needs of the United States. Through the years the system has undergone repeated reforms to match the changing nature of warfare and increasing technology. The system reached its current state in the early 1990s when it incorporated changes to meet increased requirements for joint education. Pressures for change and other challenges continue to confront the system as the Army adjusts to the end of the Cold War. After a discussion of the systems historical development, this study addresses those pressures and challenges. It proposes five criteria which can be used to identify shortcomings or to establish the continued viability of the system in a time of significant change. The study concludes by offering possible adjustments that the system can make to prepare itself to meet the needs of the Army into the twenty-first century.
- Humanities and History
- Military Forces and Organizations
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics