Armed Forces Staff College and a Second Battalion Command

Henry G. Gole

in General William E. DePuy

Published by University Press of Kentucky

Published in print September 2008 | ISBN: 9780813125008
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813135168 | DOI:
Armed Forces Staff College and a Second Battalion Command

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Before returning for his third European tour, Bill DePuy attended to Armed Forces Staff College (AFSC) course work that lasted for five months. It took place in Norfolk, Virginia, beginning February 5, 1953. Over the next twenty-five years, DePuy–s career path and those of his classmates and faculty, colleagues who were soon to serve as three- or four-star generals—Frederick C. Weyward, George Forsythe, and Walter T. “Dutch” Kerwin to name a few—crossed and recrossed. One of the fundamental experiences of these men include how the distinction between officers who graduated from West Point and “others” was increasingly becoming less important as men commissioned in the Officer Candidate Schools (OCS) and in the ROTC proved to perform just as well at war. This chapter looks into the AFSC, how this was established to accommodate multiservice and multinational operations, and how DePuy was initially unimpressed by the institution.

Keywords: West Point; AFSC; ROTC; OCS; multiservice operations; multinational operations

Chapter.  5419 words. 

Subjects: Military History

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