The Training Of Officers: From Military Professionalism To Irrelevance

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The Training Of Officers: From Military Professionalism To Irrelevance

By Martin van Creveld
Free Press, 1990
134 pp. $19.95
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For this eminent military historian, now at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, modern Western and especially American officer training, with an emphasis on advanced degrees and broad, thin war-college training, has had little or negative impact on military effectiveness in battle. The argument is provocative if not always consistent. On one hand, Soviet training may rank better than American; on the other, perhaps "military effectiveness as traditionally understood no longer matters much" in a nuclear era. If effectiveness in small wars does matter, skimpy training may be a minor handicap in comparison with the continuing fragmentation of the U.S. services themselves.

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