This course is an introduction to the history of the United States Armed Forces and to the nature of war, from their colonial origins through the Global War on Terror. The target audience is ROTC cadets preparing to commission into the U.S. Army. As such the course will emphasize the growth of professionalism of the U.S. Armed Forces through the crucibles of armed conflict. It will examine how the civil-military relationship has changed over time. Most importantly, history is the laboratory and the database for learning about war in all its dimensions. From the study of the history of war we can develop wisdom for the future.
Instructor permission for sophomore-level students.