The Soldier Of The Army

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The skills required to be an officer in the US army have changed dramatically over the course of the army’s lifetime. The training, or lack of training, shaped the officers into what the army decided it needed at the time, while also shaping the officer’s own combat experiences as they were shipped to their respective wars. These things created an atmosphere of leadership that were radically different from each iteration of the US army, producing different kinds of officers for each. The first thing that set apart each of these officers was the training they had as officers and soldiers before being shipped off into combat. The stories of each of the officers shows a progression of the idea of the professional soldier overtaking the idea of the citizen-warrior that dominated the culture of the army during the earlier years of American history. This culture of the citizen-warrior is easily seen during the Civil War and the training Rhodes recieved both as a soldier and an officer. The army seemed wholly unprofessional at the time as it seemed to rely on the grunts as much as the officers for direction. During Rhode’s first few days in the army he was elected First Sergeant by the company he was serving with at the time. He was clearly chosen simply because the men around him liked him and certainly not due to any experience he had in the field. “Just what a First Sergeant’s duty might be I had no idea…” (All for the Union, 5). Shortly after, he was asked once again for his
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