Thinking militaries or military thinking : the need for education in armed forces
CITATION: Esterhuyse, A. 2007. Thinking militaries or military thinking : the need for education in armed forces. Acta Academica, 39(1):93-122.
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The recently tabled parliamentary report on the South African Military Academy did not pose the most fundamental question concerning the existence of the Military Academy: why is it important that soldiers should become academically educated? Does sound military training not offer sufficient professional preparation for soldiers? This article attempts to explain why soldiers need to be academically educated, while considering the influence of the “military mind” on the education of armed forces. The underlying argument is that soldiers need to be empowered by acquiring a thorough academic understanding of three particular environments: the higher order politicosecurity environment, the defence environment, and the military environment.
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