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Report of the Department of the Army Board on Educational System for Officers

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The conclusions and recommendations of the Department of the Army Board on Educational System for Officers Annex 1 submitted herewith were reached after a series of meetings held at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas Fort Monroe, Virginia Washington, DC and Fort Benning, Georgia. During these meetings the board interviewed not only representative members of the Army but also distinguished civilian educators. In addition, approximately 75 senior officers of the Army on duty both in staff and command assignments were circularized by a detailed questionnaire requesting their opinions on matters pertinent to the work of the board. The board approached the problems involved objectively and the information furnished both by the personal interviews and the questionnaires was of material assistance in arriving at the conclusions and recommendations. The existing school system for officers was also thoroughly studied from the standpoint of experience gained after approximately 3 years of operation. It is evident that the prewar Army school system was splendidly organized and withstood in an outstanding manner the severe test of the recent war. The present system was designed to take advantage of lessons learned in World War II. The boards work then resolved itself into examining gaps or overlaps in the present system with particular attention to the adequacy of the scopes, missions, and curricula of the various schools to meet current and future educational requirements of the Army officer. The formal recommendations of the board are included in the last section of this report.

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  • Military Forces and Organizations

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