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Public Confidence and the U.S. Military
Strategy research project
ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA
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According to major public opinion polls, the U.S. military has garnered strong public confidence since the end of U.S. military involvement in Vietnam. Two reasons for this phenomenon are acknowledged 1 a high degree of professional competence and 2 an appropriate level of political subservience. Professional competence refers to public perception regarding the militarys ability to satisfactorily accomplish assigned missions. Political subservience refers public perception regarding the militarys willing acceptance of civilian directives despite institutional desires. This intent of this paper is 1 to review how public confidence increased as the current civ-mil model developed 2 discuss associated benefits 3 to highlight the potential for public confidence to suffer as reduced resources impact the current civ-mil model.
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