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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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Table of Contents
Foreword General Peter Pace, USMC, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff ix
Foreword the Honorable Ike Skelton (D-MO) xi
Introduction: The Meaning of the Commission xiii
The Citizen-Soldier-An American Tradition of Military Service 1
The Profession of Arms 11
Member of a Profession 21
Defender of the Constitution and Servant of the Nation 33
Character: Nobility of Life and Action 43
Responsibility, Accountability, and Discipline 61
Service Identity and Joint Warfighting 75
An Ancient and Honorable Calling 93
Founding Documents 99
The Declaration of Independence: A Transcription
The Constitution of the United States: A Transcription
Authorizing Statutes for the Armed Forces 131
Service Values 137
Code of Conduct for Members of the United States Armed Forces 139
Keeping Your House in Order 141
"The Meaning of Your Commission" from the 1950 edition of The Armed Forces Officer 149
Foundations of an Officer's Library 159