ROTC and the Ideology of American Military Service
By (author) Michael S. Neiberg
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Making Citizen-soldiers by Michael S. Neiberg
Book DescriptionThis volume examines the reserve Officers Training Corps programme as a distinctively American expression of the social, cultural, and political meanings of military service. Since 1950, ROTC has produced nearly two out of three American active duty officers, yet there has been no comprehensive scholarly look at civilian officer education programmes in nearly 40 years. While most modern military systems educate and train junior officers at insular academies like West Point, only the United States has relied heavily on the active co-operation of its civilian colleges. The author argues that the creation of officer education programmes on civilian campuses emanates from a traditional American belief (which he traces to the colonial period) in the active participation of civilians in military affairs. Although this ideology changed shape through the 20th century, it never disappeared. During the Cold War military buildup, ROTC came to fill two roles: it provided the military with large numbers of well-educated officers, and it provided the nation with a military comprised of citizen-soldiers. Even during the Vietnam era, officers, university administrators, and most students understood ROTC's dual role. The Vietnam War thus led to reform, not abandonment, of ROTC. Mining diverse sources, including military and university archives, this book provides an in-depth look at an important, but often overlooked, connection between the civilian and military spheres.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780674007154
(235mm x 155mm x 20mm)
Imprint: Harvard University Press
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publish Date: 2-Oct-2001
Country of Publication: United States
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Author Biography - Michael S. Neiberg
Michael S. Neiberg is Professor of History at the University of Southern Mississippi and Harold K. Johnson Visiting Professor at the US Army War College from 2010-2012.
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