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Accession Number ADA589944
Title Military Professionalism and the Early American Officer Corps, 1789- 1796.
Publication Date Jun 2013
Media Count 165p
Personal Author C. W. Wingate
Abstract In September 2012, the Department of the Army published new capstone doctrine, Army Doctrine Publication 1 (ADP 1), 'The Army,' in which the concept of military professionalism occupies an especially prominent place. Military history can and should provide context for this renewed focus on professionalism. This study's central argument is that during President George Washington's administration, the Army officer corps developed a limited but very real and particularly American style of military professionalism. Contrary to the belief of most historians who disregard the notion of professionalism developing before the War of 1812, the early officer corps quickly developed significant professional characteristics. Such professionalism developed alongside the amateurism that was also evident during the officer corps' first decades. Central to this argument is an acceptance of the broad definition of professionalism laid out in 'The Army.' This broad definition allows a focus on the core of the meaning of military professionalism, disallowing a hasty rejection of any professionalism within the early officer corps simply because, for instance, officers did not matriculate at a military academy. Instead, this definition encourages examining professionalism in light of the fundamental and enduring characteristics of trust, military expertise, honorable service, esprit de corps, and stewardship. Understanding the strengths, weaknesses, challenges, and limitations of the early officer corps' approach to professionalism in light of these five key characteristics provides important background and a useful conceptual framework to more fully understand the American military tradition and today's doctrine concerning military professionalism. This thesis examines the nature of the professionalism of the Army's officer corps from its establishment in 1789 with the ratification of the U.S. Constitution, until 1796, as Washington's presidency and the Northwest Indian War ended.
Keywords Army
Army doctrine
Army personnel
Brigadier general josiah harmar
Civilian-military relations
Early american officer corps
Esprit de corps
General george washington
General officers
Henry knox
Honorable service
Major general anthony wayne
Major general arthur st clair
Military budgets
Military doctrine
Military expertise
Military history
Military professionalism
Northwest indian war
Officer personnel
Paramilitary forces
Personnel development
United states government

Source Agency Non Paid ADAS
NTIS Subject Category 92D - Education, Law, & Humanities
70D - Personnel Management, Labor Relations & Manpower Studies
88D - Personnel
92A - Job Training & Career Development
74 - Military Sciences
Corporate Author Army Command and General Staff Coll., Fort Leavenworth, KS.
Document Type Thesis
Title Note Master's thesis.
NTIS Issue Number 1409
Contract Number N/A

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