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Gen. Wass de Czege on the customer for professional military education

This comment by retired Army Brig. Gen. Huba Wass de Czege (for my money the most influential brigadier in the U.S. military in many decades) may speak to our discussion over last weekend of the Air War College and similar institutions. (I think here by “professional” he means “professional military,” but I am not sure. ...

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This comment by retired Army Brig. Gen. Huba Wass de Czege (for my money the most influential brigadier in the U.S. military in many decades) may speak to our discussion over last weekend of the Air War College and similar institutions. (I think here by "professional" he means "professional military," but I am not sure. He may be speaking more broadly to all five of the classic professions -- military, law, clergy, medicine and academia):

The difference between a civilian graduate school and a professional one is that in the civilian model, the customer is the student, and in the professional model, the customer is the profession.

(p. 6)

This comment by retired Army Brig. Gen. Huba Wass de Czege (for my money the most influential brigadier in the U.S. military in many decades) may speak to our discussion over last weekend of the Air War College and similar institutions. (I think here by “professional” he means “professional military,” but I am not sure. He may be speaking more broadly to all five of the classic professions — military, law, clergy, medicine and academia):

The difference between a civilian graduate school and a professional one is that in the civilian model, the customer is the student, and in the professional model, the customer is the profession.

(p. 6)

Thomas E. Ricks covered the U.S. military from 1991 to 2008 for the Wall Street Journal and then the Washington Post. He can be reached at ricksblogcomment@gmail.com. Twitter: @tomricks1

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