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The U.S. Military Academy-Reserve Officer Training Corps Cadet Command Military History Fellowship

L&llt H . Belk na p and Kim M . Juntunen

In June ofnd! year tre Cepa"",Cf!! of HiSlO1'y It the U.S. Milit.1ry Academy (US MA) conducts an

viewed their month at West Point as extn:mely usdul in the preparation or 1hcir p.cscnt course offerings.

inlen;ive four_week military_hi$tory pon of the Reserve

program ror civilian These scssioos Ire in $UP Training CO!p8 (ROTC)

Cadet CommMld'S Military History Education Pro

&ram. Thi,

(2-28 June) twcnty-!hree

civilian profeWlB, along with thra: Air Fon:e and


pmicipated in the USMA

ROTC Military lIistOl)' Fellowsllipheld It We$! Poin\.

TIle daily program for the fcHows consisted of morning. ancmoon. and Opliunal evening TIle three·hourmominG session. led by USMA history faculty members. introduced 1hc civilian pmfes..<;(lI'!; to the major periods of military history. Although \he sessions focused on the American military experience. topics also included early modem European mitiury development. Napoleonic warfare. and the develop

As _joiN venture between the Military Atatk:my and TDining and Doctrine Command (J'RADOC), the ROTC Worl<shop (n:1\aIl1Cd Fellowship in 1990) emerged In 198 1 IS I program to improve the format

ment of interwar

and airpowtr doctrine..

TIle morninG sessions took pbee in small cllSSl'OOIll groups ofnomore than founeen rclloW$. which raeili· tiled discunion iIlIlong them and the: fa.cuhyml'l'l'lbers.

of futun: rommissioncd officers' military edu cadon. AlthouJ:h mililary history instruakln t...di tklnally has been an im ponant pan of the ROTC cu rriculum. befon: 1981 the active duty members of the ROTC cadn: laught the milit:ll')' hiMory menl. AlthouJ:h al the timc many competent and energetic orrlCCl'S had taught the militlry hi$tory n:. quln:mcnt, I oomber of civilian coUe:agues It univer.

TIle 2 l(2·houraftemoon SC5sion fcalun:d presen·

tations rel ating to the morninll sc!lllion topies by

ina civilian or uni formed military historians. followcd by an opllonal hour-IOflg question and answer period. TIle questIon and answer pcriud the fellows an oppon unity to meet and talk with .'lOme of the most

miliury historiU\S wort.ing today.

Ont: Of tWO cvcninp a

the pmgr= provided

sitiCll nalionwide

this instnKIkln htlow

OJlloquia on avarictyofSUhjecll IlUCh lIS

Il iSlory

Pf'!vli1ing acadcmi(: Slandard!L Althe initiiliv-eofthe

or ROTC" by Maj. Lee Harfnrd. tht Cldct Command

TRADOC commander III 1hc timc-.

Dom A.

$any. the Army solicited civitim hiswry pmfC$lOl1 from various IlI$litutions offering ROTC proaralllJ 10

teach the mili tary hiSlOI)l course



immediately began to offer It-.::se

hi51orian: David Eisenhower;

I!i a Thealer Commande(' by Sedan. 1940" hy

USMA Histnry IXparunent he3d Col. Rollen ..... Doughty; Lt. Gen. (Rc\.)Hal Moon:on ' 'rhe R31llCl'of the II Orang"; and ·'The4·66 Armor in theGulfWar"

mllliary hislOl)I courses. but two fundamo::mal prOO

by Maj. Kevin McKedy. an

proFessor re·

lems emerge(,!:

(I) not all universities had


wllhln their faculty r;mks. and (2)

then: WIIS nocoru;en.,us ahout whal should be the scope of this military history Instruction. To help alleviate

cently returned from OESEIlT S'mRM. Although lhese sessions were Optional. most of the fellows allcndcd them .

An il1legral pan of the fellowship is die

these and other

tre TRADOC staff i..llked

the IXpanmenlof History at the Miliu l)I AcademylO oondUCI a fou r· 10 sil_weck won:shopin military his_ tory for civilim history professors.

Over the last ten years

than 400 civilWi

hi510ry profes..VlI'l representin1 over 300 acadcmk: institutions Iuvc:.ncndcd the USM....·RO'rC M11l1ary ItiStory Fellowship. A recent survey orthc:5c Illen· decs n:v-ellJed that of those n:spondlng to the suf\lcy (neat1 y SO percenl).over 85 pe=!II cu rTtrltl Y0 ITer one orm()re courses in military history. In relrospccl. most

Speaker Program, which draws both civilian and mili tary academicians 10 the $CS$ion:I. This yt.Jr-, attmdets listened 10 iNCh nntcd mililary histo rians as ProfessorRusxll F. We\gkyon ''The Battlc of the Bull;l::' Profe.uor David G. Chandler on "Napo leon: Professor John W. Shy on "Iomini and the Conduct of the Civil War," and Professor Hermm Bolllaway on "Post-I863 Conrcderne ProSPCClS," Among the military spcaken wen: Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Phillip David$Ol1 on "Viclnilm In Rct lOSpcct," Brig. Gen. (Ret.) Roy flin1 on "Ridaway's GencraJship,"


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