Accession Number:

ADA499044

Title:

Maintaining Political Neutrality in the Officer Corps

Descriptive Note:

Research paper

Corporate Author:

MARINE CORPS COMMAND AND STAFF COLL QUANTICO VA

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2006-01-01

Pagination or Media Count:

15.0

Abstract:

The United States Constitution has stood the test of time as a flexible conceptual framework for governing the country. The document makes demands on its citizens at the same time it guarantees their rights. Some of the demands are not obvious, but implied. For instance, the Constitution does not contain any language mandating political neutrality of the officer corps, but a politically disinterested military is necessary to provide for the common defense. This concept of neutrality took a long time to make its way into the heart of the United States officer corps value system. Military officers must maintain political neutrality to ensure civilian control of the military, effectiveness of national security policy, and authority of uniformed leadership. The paper is divided into the following sections History of Political Neutrality as a Military Value, Roots of Current Movement towards Politicization, Effects of Politicization, Civilian Control of the Military, and Authority of Uniformed Leadership.

Subject Categories:

  • Government and Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Military Forces and Organizations

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE