The Armed Forces Officer
Potomac Books, Inc., 2007 - History - 162 pages
Initiated in 1950, this 2007 edition is the latest in a classic series of books of the same title. Journalist-historian S. L. A. Marshall wrote the first at the behest of Gen. George C. Marshall, who formed the great citizen army of World War II. The general believed officers of all services needed to base their professional commitment on a common moral-ethical grounding, which S. L. A. Marshall set out to explain. Ever since, these books have provided a foundation of thought, conduct, standards, and duty for American commissioned officers.
Available now to the general public, this new edition takes the series’ inspirational premise into the new century. It educates officers of all services, as well as civilians, about the fundamental moral-ethical requirements of being a commissioned officer in the armed forces of the United States. Understanding the common foundation of commissioned leadership and command of U.S. military forces is essential for achieving excellence in the joint operations of today’s combat environment. This philosophy unites the officers of the uniformed services in the common calling of supporting, defending, and upholding the Constitution in service to their country.
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FOREWORDGENERAL PETER PACE UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS CHAIRMAN OF THE JOINT CHIEFS OF STAFF
FOREWORDTHE HONORABLE IKE SKELTON DMO
INTRODUCTIONTHE MEANING OF THE COMMISSION
CHAPTER 1THE CITIZENSOLDIERAN AMERICANTRADITION OF MILITARY SERVICE
CHAPTER 2THE PROFESSION OF ARMS
CHAPTER 3MEMBER OF A PROFESSION
CHAPTER 4DEFENDER OF THE CONSTITUTIONAND SERVANT OF THE NATION
NOBILITY OF LIFEAND ACTION
CHAPTER 9AN ANCIENT AND HONORABLE CALLING
APPENDIX 1FOUNDING DOCUMENTS
APPENDIX 2AUTHORIZING STATUTES FOR THE ARMED FORCES
APPENDIX 3SERVICE VALUES
APPENDIX 4CODE OF CONDUCT FOR MEMBERS OF THE UNITED STATES ARMED FORCES
APPENDIX 5KEEPING YOUR HOUSE IN ORDER
APPENDIX 6THE MEANING OF YOUR COMMISSION FROM THE 1950 EDITION OF THE ARMED FORCES OFFICER
CHAPTER 7RESPONSIBILITY ACCOUNTABILITYAND DISCIPLINE
CHAPTER 8SERVICE IDENTITY AND JOINTWARFIGHTING
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