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1. Mike Yared <email@example.com> 2. Larry A. Grant <firstname.lastname@example.org> 3. "Kirchubel, Robert F" <email@example.com> -----Message from: Mike Yared <firstname.lastname@example.org>----- In 1989, the House Armed Services Committees conducted a military educationr eview. United States. Congress. House. Committee on Armed Services. Panel on Military Education. Report of the Panel on Military Education of the One Hundredth Congress of the Committee on Armed Services, House of Representatives : One Hundred First Congress, first session. pdf is at http://hdl.handle.net/2027/uc1.b4232242 The GAO followed up with several reports: Department of Defense: Professional Military Education at the Three Senior Service Schools NSIAD-91-202, June 20, 1991 http://archive.gao.gov/d20t9/144186.pdf Department of Defense: Professional Military Education at the Four Intermediate Service Schools NSIAD-91-182, June 13, 1991 http://archive.gao.gov/d20t9/144155.pdf Military Education: Information on Service Academies and Schools NSIAD-93-264BR, September 22, 1993 at http://archive.gao.gov/pdf/ns93264b.pdfProfessional Military Education http://archive.gao.gov/t2pbat8/143089.pdf Military Education: DOD Needs to Enhance Performance Goals and Measures to Improve Oversight of Military Academies, GAO-03-1000 Sept. 10, 2003 at http://www.gao.gov/new.items/d031000.pdf Navy: Status of Recommendations on Officers' Professional Military Education NSIAD-91-124BR, March 25, 1991 at http://archive.gao.gov/d21t9/143500.pdf Military Education: DOD Needs to Develop Performance Goals and Metrics for Advanced Distributed Learning in Professional Military Education GAO-04-873, July 30, 2004 at http://www.gao.gov/new.items/d04873.pdf Another report is: Professional military education : an asset for peace and progress. Author: Richard B Cheney; Bill Taylor; CSIS Study Group on Professional Military Education. Publisher: Washington, D.C. : Center for Strategic & International Studies, 1997.Mike Yared email@example.com Mike Yared <firstname.lastname@example.org> -----Message from: Larry A. Grant <email@example.com>----- Dr. Tamir Libel wrote "As a result its officers recieve less education and training in planning and executing operational level campaigns." I would modify this to read 'less formal or classroom education' and suggest (after a tour on a fleet staff) that there are vocational alternatives available and used by the US Navy. Some parochial naval officers might also note that, having operated its own army and air force for close to 100 years, the Navy doesn't require lessons in joint PME. (Marines! I'm kidding!) Larry A. Grant Naval historian, j.g. Larry A. Grant <firstname.lastname@example.org> -----Message from: "Kirchubel, Robert F" <email@example.com>----- Differences between the services' officer education philosophies are noticeable from the time the new lieutenants/ensigns first take their oaths. I've sat through [seemingly] countless commissioning ceremonies and have noticed: 1. The Army (my own branch) has a very formalized system where every new officer automatically goes to between one and three courses (i.e., basic, "vocational," airborne, ranger, etc) before reporting to their first operational assignment. The USMC seems to have a similar arrangement. Ironically, many of the new Army LTs report back that much of their initial schooling was frequently only a lugubrious and superfluous repetition of their ROTC training. Already weary and cynical of usual Army technique of "cramming one month (week, day, etc) of training into three" just a few weeks into their careers, they're chomping at the bit to report to their first unit. 2. The Navy and USAF usually send their new officers directly to the USS Whatever or Anywhere AFB for on-the-job-training (of course, except for flight school) - for the Army that would be unthinkable without three-six months of schooling beforehand. Rob Kirchubel "Kirchubel, Robert F" <firstname.lastname@example.org> ----- For subscription help, go to: http://www.h-net.org/lists/help/ To change your subscription settings, go to http://h-net.msu.edu/cgi-bin/wa?SUBED1=h-war -----