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The Value of History for Military Professionals

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United States Army Sergeants Major Academy Fort Bliss United States

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The thesis of this paper is that the study of military history is vital to military professionals not because it provides answers, but because it helps us understand the problems. This paper attempts to demonstrate the value of studying history for military professionals while pointing out some common pitfalls and errors that are routinely made in both the study of history and in attempting to draw meaningful conclusions from history. It also attempts to point out ways in which to avoid these pitfalls. Finally, it attempts to demonstrate exactly how history can best be employed by military professionals.

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