The topic of professional military education is at the heart of military thought today yet virtually unknown to the public at large. Military Education: A Reference Handbook explores the on-going evolution of educating service personel, and analyzes how that education impacts inter-service relationships, as well as the federal government's role in shaping the military's educational systems.
Professional Military Education (PME) is broader and more rigorous than is widely understood in the United States. Improving educational programs within the military service branches is at the very center of ongoing force transformation efforts and advanced educational opportunities occur at various, set levels of military experience. Military education increasingly conforms to standards imposed by outside civilian accrediting bodies and is mandated and monitored, to an extent, by Congress. Military Educationexplores this often-overlooked area of education within the context of the modern military force structure.
In this unique work, Watson chronicles the evolution of professional military education during the last sixty years. Careful to draw distinctions between training and education, she briefly traces the history of PME and examines some of the major personalities involved in shaping it, as well as the evolution of the curriculum stressed in PME programs. Her narrative, combined with key documents, a glossary, and a timeline of important events, dispels popular notions of an uneducated military force.
Reviews "As the Long War gets longer the adequacy of professional military education will increasingly come under scrutiny. More soldiers and scholars should focus on the issue so that when the questions are asked, they have good answers. Watson's Military Education may be a good place to start."—ARMY
"Watson outlines the development and history of professional military education since the 1800s, describes its curricula and specific institutions (along with contact information for them), and details the biographies of key figures such as Theodore Roosevelt and Dwight Eisenhower. Roughly half of the volume is taken over by documents representing samples of a wide range of topics, from founding orders of institutions to education policies. Document dates range from 1946 to 2006."—Reference & Research Book News