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Beyond the Battlefield. The New Military Professionalism by Sam C. Sarkesian

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E . , the Soviet Union possessed nuclear weapons and that nuclear war was indeed a possibility. Accordingly, military men could best perform their professional duties by preparing for war and becoming expert in military skills, while the politicians struggled to respond to the fluid and unpredictable international order. Huntington 1 s thesis about the apolitical military and a strict interpretation of professionalism appeared to be the most appropriate and relevant perspective at this time. Without a detailed recounting of the changes that took place in the early 1960s, it is necessary to note that dramatic events in the international environment stimulated shifts in U .

10) Thus, the debate focuses on theories of convergence, divergence, or cautious but limited linkage. While convergence presumes that domestic pressures and institutional require­ ments are causing a convergence of military and civilian value systems, divergence presumes a return to a professional isolation of pre-Vietnam years, encouraged by the volunteer system. On the other hand, a middle perspective rests on the presumption that the profession recognizes the need for closer association with society and a commitment to societal values.

277. 36. Bachman and Blair, p . 15. 37. Gates Commission, The Report of t h e Presidents Commission on an All-Volunteer Armed F o r c e . Washington, D . C . : Government Printing Office, F e b r u a r y , 1970. 38. See for example, Morris Janowitz and Charles C. Moskos, J r . , "Racial Composition in the All-Volunteer Force," Armed Forces and Society, Vol. 1, No. 1, November 1974, p . 109-123. 39. Ames S. Albro, J r . , "Observations on the Costs of an All-Volunteer Armed Force," August 26, 1971, Unpublished Manuscript.

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