Militaryinterventions are some of the oldest human practices of all time.Every civilization has been defined to a very large extent by theirhistory in fields of battle. Additionally, great leaders have beenable to rise to such status because of being better militarystrategist than their predecessors1.The United States has a long history in battles that it has engagedin over the years. An account of these events is of great importanceto the military as it is a valuable learning resource for futurestrategists to ensure that past mistakes are not repeated. With theevolution of military technology, there are those that seek tounderscore the importance of this asset saying that strategiesapplied before are redundant in this day and age2.However, it is important to note that one does not study history asto repeat it, but it is meant to provide valuable lessons thatinfluenced the overall outcome. The paper evaluates the importance onstudying military history in the US army. It seeks to show that thesepast events can be a source of valuable input for current and futurestrategies.
Asstated above, military conflicts have been a major part of humancivilization. The study of military history has the followingbenefits to the army. Firstly, it allows leaders in the forces tounderstand past weaknesses that lead to casualties. These lessons areused in preparing for future battles and thus reducing thefatalities3.Military history also allows the army to understand the sources ofconflict between nations and also the tactics applied by anadversary. Being aware of the tactics that an enemy force will useprovided the military with an advantage and also plays a role indelivering a decisive victory.
Usingmilitary history is important because it allows the army tocapitalize on its strengths while working on its weaknesses.Additionally, it allows the forces to be psychologically prepared todeal with any unforeseen challenges that may occur in battlefields.Moreover, the aim of any military is to fight a war from an advantagepoint and win with minimum casualties both civilian and personnel4.The study of military history ensures the adverse effect of war likecivilian casualties are significantly reduced. It also allows thearmy to capture areas of influence like supply line and this limitsthe ability of the adversary to engage in a prolonged conflict.
Apartfrom the military, members of the society also need to study militaryhistory. The current state system is highly influenced by wars. Thus,studying military history enables a community to understand theirheritage and how their nationality was forged5.Secondly, today’s society is highly complex and exist at a timewhere military technology has surpassed human expectation. Learningabout war history is thus important in enabling one to understand theworld of today and how nations interact. Additionally, unlike intraditional societies, today, civilian leaders are in charge of themilitary. These leaders have a responsibility of making important wardecisions while most of them lack military experience. Learning aboutmilitary history enables members of the to elect leaders who have anunderstanding of war policies and leaders that are able to implementstrategies that ensure the internal security apparatus of the nationare functioning6. Lastly, this knowledge allows a society to understand emergingthreats like terrorism and thus support government policies thatprotect them from such dangers.
Inconclusion, it is evident that military history is an integral partof every society. Encouraging the learning of the subject isimportant as it enables both civilian and army personnel tounderstand past conflicts and future threats that face the countryand thus prepare adequately. Therefore, it is important forinstitutions of learning to ensure that they offer students anopportunity to explore military history as this is a valuable sourceof information that can be used to secure the future.
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2 Grant, Scott Geoffrey. History lessons: Teaching, learning, and testing in US high school classrooms. Routledge, 2014.
3 Anderson, Perry. Lineages of the Absolutist State (Verso World History Series). Verso Books, 2013.
4 Main, Steven J. "‘You Cannot Generate Ideas by Orders’: The Continuing Importance of Studying Soviet Military History—GS Isserson and Russia’s Current Geo-Political Stance." The Journal of Slavic Military Studies 29, no. 1 (2016): 48-72.
5 Humphries, Mark Osborne. "Between Commemoration and History: The Historiography of the Canadian Corps and Military Overseas." Canadian Historical Review 95, no. 3 (2014): 384-397.
6 Harrison, John Fletcher Clews. Learning and living 1790-1960: A study in the history of the English adult education movement. Routledge, 2013.