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Bridging the Military-Civilian Divide: What Each Side Must Know About the Other-and About Itself
     

Bridging the Military-Civilian Divide: What Each Side Must Know About the Other-and About Itself

by Bruce Fleming
 

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Civilians and military personnel do not have a clear view of each other in the United States today. Conspiring against such understanding are the norms and traditions of the two cultures. On the one hand, the military is considered to like its secrecy and think of itself as morally superior to the civilians it is meant to serve. On the other hand, civilians praise

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Civilians and military personnel do not have a clear view of each other in the United States today. Conspiring against such understanding are the norms and traditions of the two cultures. On the one hand, the military is considered to like its secrecy and think of itself as morally superior to the civilians it is meant to serve. On the other hand, civilians praise or blame the armed forces based on political exigencies and generally without true comprehension of their culture. And their mutual misperceptions seem greater now than in the late 1960s and early 1970s during the Vietnam War.

Yet, as U.S. Naval Academy professor Bruce Fleming points out, the military is linked to the civilian world so fundamentally that all of us pay the price if they do not develop an appreciation of one another—but that is achievable only if each side also strives to see itself clearly. As the military fulfills its mission of protecting Americans and their way of life, civilians must also do their part and support the military through budget allocations, legislation, and enlistment. Without this shared commitment, American interests suffer as a whole.

Fleming shows how to close a military-civilian gap that yawns so large in twenty-first-century America that it potentially threatens national security and essential freedoms.

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Kathy Roth-Douquet

"Bruce Fleming has taken on a topic of critical importance to our modern democracy—the misunderstanding between our society and its military, and its impact on the roles and missions of the latter. Professor Fleming has had a privileged view from within the U.S. Naval Academy as a civilian and scholar for nearly twenty years. His message is equally valuable for those who serve and for those who realize the responsibility to understand and use the military wisely in these complex times."—Kathy Roth-Douquet, co-author of AWOL: The Unexcused Absence of America’s Upper Classes from Military Service and How It Hurts the Country
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"Bruce Fleming has taken on a topic of critical importance to our modern democracy—the misunderstanding between our society and its military, and its impact on the roles and missions of the latter. Professor Fleming has had a privileged view from within the U.S. Naval Academy as a civilian and scholar for nearly twenty years. His message is equally valuable for those who serve and for those who realize the responsibility to understand and use the military wisely in these complex times."—Kathy Roth-Douquet, co-author of AWOL: The Unexcused Absence of America’s Upper Classes from Military Service and How It Hurts the Country

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781597974288
Publisher:
Potomac Books
Publication date:
10/31/2010
Pages:
296
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.10(d)

Meet the Author

Bruce Fleming has been a professor in the English Department of the U.S. Naval Academy since 1987. The author of Annapolis Autumn, Why Liberals and Conservatives Clash, and numerous other books and articles on a wide range of issues, he has received an O. Henry short story award and the Antioch Review Award for Distinguished Prose, a career award. He is also a regular columnist with military.com. A native of Maryland’s Eastern Shore, Fleming lives outside of Annapolis with his family.

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