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General William E. DePuyPreparing the Army for Modern War$
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Henry G. Gole

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780813125008

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813125008.001.0001

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Armed Forces Staff College and a Second Battalion Command

Armed Forces Staff College and a Second Battalion Command

(p.87) 7 Armed Forces Staff College and a Second Battalion Command
General William E. DePuy

Henry G. Gole

University Press of Kentucky

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

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