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Article – TRADOC PME Investigation Paper No 2: ‘National Styles of Professional Military Education’

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In early 2016 the Australian Army published the Ryan Review, a root-and-branch examination of Army’s education, training and doctrine system.

One of the key conclusions of the Review was the need for Army to re-energise Professional Military Education (or ‘PME’).  A dedicated ‘PME Cell’ was formed within FORCOMD to support this, tasked with developing a future strategy for PME for Army.

This strategy is now being developed.  But in order for it to be done right, the PME Cell needs your views.  So, they are publishing a series of what they are calling ‘PME Investigation Papers’.  Their research team are diving deep into facets of the profession of arms, casting a wide net for influences and opinions that will better prepare Army for the future.

The Cove is proud to present the second of these papers.  In her 10 page article entitled ‘National Styles of Professional Military Education‘, Claire Von Wald (an experienced researcher and doctrine writer) investigates national styles of PME.

She looks at the basic professional development system and key military education topics from Canada, the United States Marines, Singapore, China, Georgia and NATO. She determines if there is a ‘national style’ to professional frameworks, and what impact a nations ‘way of war’ or strategic situation has on how they educate. She then provides four observations of what the Australian Army should consider in the review and development of our military education curriculum.

What topics do you believe that the Australian Army should include as part of our military education curriculum?

The first paper looked at ‘The Development of Professionals’.  The next paper will look at ‘Who Needs Education‘. The PME Strategy will have implications across Army, so we would also love to hear what else you think we should investigate. We have an unrivalled, connected capacity to ‘crowdsource’ the future … so use your voice and hit ‘contribute’.

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