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Department of the Army Ad Hoc Committee Report on the Army Need for the Study of Military History. Volume 4, Annex C (Military History Questionnaire - Evaluation of Results)

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Based on a representative survey of 3397 Army officers 2.6 of the total officer strength, it is concluded that a. Knowledge of, interest in, and appreciation for the value of the study of military history are correlated quite closely with military rank, with combat experience, and with closeness to the sound of the guns service in a combat arm. In effect, knowledge of military history correlates with success as a professional soldier, but whether either is the result of the other cannot be ascertained solely as a result of this survey. b. The principal benefits to be derived from the study of military history are considered to be insights gained from studying problems similar to those faced today, and lessons learned from studying success and failure. General enhancement of an officers professional background and decision-making ability, rather than searching for solutions applicable to specific problems, should be the study goals. The study of history is an educational process--not a training program. c. Occasional reading of military history does not provide the insights or the lessons held to be most valuable d. Undergraduate ROTC study of military history has been deficient e. Military history should be mandatory at USMA and in ROTC f. A special career program for military historians is not favored by experienced officers. Younger officers do favor a special career program, and enough indicated interest to support it if implemented. g. The Army is not making effective use of its military history resources now.

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  • Military Forces and Organizations

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