The Importance of History in Military Education

This surprising lack of such a study was noted by General Fuller in his academic military career that followed the First World War. This motivated him to write his extraordinary work, “The Decisive Battles of the Western World.” Each of these major battles was given its descriptive chapter, and was also accompanied by a companion chapter describing the political, social and strategic context in which the battle was fought.

Despite such treatments, there remains a lack of such study still, by the people, who as General Fuller says, should take the greatest interest in it.

Two personal encounters will illustrate the point.

Sometime after the main military phase of the Second Iraq War, a senior American general made a statement at a Press Conference. In it, he acknowledged that his country and their allies had not given sufficient thought and resources to the phase of the campaign that followed the initial victory over the forces of Saddam Hussein – winning the respect of the populace, restoring the country to proper function, and making sure that the terrible price paid by them and their opponents was justified in the new Iraq that they had created.

This was tragically disappointing, as a small amount of reading would have made them realize the same mistake was made after the end of the First World War. After the Armistice on 11th November 1918, the wartime blockade of Germany continued until after the Versailles conference in June 1919. A combination of continued starvation, humiliation and the economic ruin of the war reparations made a proud country desperate, which later chose to adopt desperate solutions, leading to the continued catastrophies that categorised the 20th Century.

The second example occurred some years ago, when I was a guest at a dinner to celebrate the 50th Birthday of a dear friend who was one of the most senior and capable men in the Medical Corps of the Australian Army.

I sat next to a young lieutenant in the Australian Army. I thought myself fortunate to have the opportunity to learn from an expert, and discuss aspects of military strategy and perspective, and how it related to lessons learned from the past. Early in the discussion, we touched on the tragic nature of modern war, where the war itself seems to become the issue in question, rather that the political issues that the war presumably is to resolve. I mentioned the same problem of uncontrolled war that devastated Europe in the Thirty Years War (1618 – 1648), where huge marauding armies almost turned Germany into a wasteland. The savagery of the uncontrolled warfare in this conflict led to the limitation of the violence of war in Europe for two centuries.

He asked me if that was the war fought in Europe in 1870, confusing it with the Franco-Prussian War. The conversation became rather disappointing from then on.

A lay person would naturally expect that an educated officer in any army would have given some thought to the role of an army in its country and the world, and learn from the well described successes and failures that abound in history.

Such people, one would think, could offer an insightful comment on a variety of important precedents, such as:

What made Alexander the Great invincible?

The genius of Hannibal and the double envelopment of the Romans, which led to the virtual annihilation of two double consular armies at Cannae.

What made Napoleon admire Frederick the Great of Prussia as much as Caesar?

The genius of Frederick also being found in two great Southern commanders in the American Civil War, Robert E. Lee and Nathan Bedford – Forrest.

How Napoleon misunderstood the Russian mind and its capacity for suffering, leading to the failure of the invasion of Russia by the Grande Armee, when even Metternich thought it would succeed.

How the tactics of the Allied campaign of the Battle of Amiens in the First World War produced the devastating victory that eluded the Germans in Ludendorff’s “Michael” offensive.

How some gambles risk such ruin that they should not be considered, such as the attack by the Japanese on the American fleet at Pearl Harbour. Where one cannot imagine that a tactical victory will lead to a strategic one against a powerful and outraged foe.

How conquering nations have earned the esteem and loyalty of their new subjects, such the Romans in Gaul, and when a powerful foreign country may earn the friendship and loyalty of neighbouring countries, taking the example of Napoleonic France and Bavaria.

Great men have written their military and political treatises for many centuries. The lessons of the past can aid our current decision making. The list is long and distinguished. Some early works have been lost, but have none the less exerted their influence.

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The Human Species and The Genetics of Echolocation Speculated

Not long ago, I had an interesting conversation with a gentleman who explained he’d observed his own personal abilities to use the background and ambient noise to help him navigate in a dark hallway in pitch black conditions. After he did this a few times he realized that if he paid attention, he was more than proficient at it. Interestingly enough, I am not surprised. Okay let’s talk.

You see, previously, I’ve written on this topic from my own experiences, and now that I think about it, it might even be easier in the city rather than under the canopy of trees in the forest. Why you ask? Well, due to all the background noise bouncing around off everything – white noise – as you will. Now then, consider that the human ear is shaped the way it is for a reason, through evolution. Perhaps to collect sounds, and also for reinforcement to hold it up to ensure it collects the most sound in the most optimum way.

Indeed, my acquaintance also noted that he’s experienced a feeling when someone is watching him. I think we’ve all experienced this sensation before, generally we turn around and sure enough someone is staring right at us. So, his comments about knowing when someone is watching are validated by common observation. Still, I would suggest that this sensation also works when animals are watching you, in the forest for instance. This may have been a hunting skill or survival skill.

In fact, I have some American Indian ancestral genes, I wonder if due to 10s of 1000s of years, it might be more refined in that population, thus, those genes and that gene expression survives and thrives in me. I am unsure if ALL gene sets contain the same ability, it might stand to reason that it’s similar to the unique gene expression, DNA, or gene sets in long-distance runners from Kenyan, or high IQ Nordic, Russian area genes with the Germanic mix. All this might also be associated with soil nutrients, bacteria ending up in the edible plants, compounded with high-protein diets – sure, lots of speculation, but certainly observable in populations, thus further research is justified.

Now then, Rupert Sheldrake has done a ton of research on this, some call him a crackpot as they are unable to duplicate his experiments or noting that his results are not compelling. Still those who are snipers often say that if you focus too much on your target, they look right at you, so perhaps there is something more too this? If the human brain puts out 20-35 watts, and if one watt comes off the ends of your finger tip, how much energy can your mind focus? The answer is NOT zero.

So, how much, interesting and yes, so many interesting questions – in fact, I’d bet the Aborigines in the Outback have superior skills in this regard, so much so that modern society city dwellers would say it is impossible, but they don’t believe that, they simply use these skills.

Lastly, let me say that since dolphins and other mammals have sonar; why wouldn’t humans have such ability at a minor level? Also the ocean is 750 times denser than air. Yes, it’s too bad that all these ideas and theories are so quickly reduced to “pseudo-science” but that’s what people say when they cannot measure things with their instruments.

In my personal experiences, having run in the dark on trails, sensed animals looking at me, then turning around and seeing their eyes reflect off ambient moonlight, I realize that these things are not just coincidence. Your senses are picking them up, even the slightest vibration can be sensed, and the human biosystem and brain is ultra-efficient compared to our technology, which is cumbersome, and takes a lot of power. These abilities are not psychic powers, and it’s not magic in anyway.

It appears that some folks and some cultures help it along, while others become oblivious – use it or lose it. “Yes, I think there is something to this, and I’ve enjoyed playing around with it all, experimenting, etc.,” as I explained to my acquaintance – perhaps you have a comment on this concept that you’d like to share – by all means contact me.

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The Best Dental Assistant Schools

Thinking about applying for one of the best dental assistant schools? These schools offer college diploma, qualification and certificate courses that provide the essential education and learning students need to gain entry-level position for a dental assistant. All these colleges are generally well-established, trustworthy schools with regard to job training and courses which can be found in a number of states including through the distance learning.

Americare School of Nursing – In this particular Florida-based medical school, there are more than 1000 hours of classroom and clinical instruction provided to the dental assistant students. The programs discusses subjects such as standard dentistry, pediatric dentistry, dental and Maxillofacial surgical procedure and Periodontics. At the end of the program, it involves a clinical externship.

Allied College – Besides offering AAS degree, Allied College additionally provides students a dental assisting diploma. This dental assistant school courses comprise of lessons like teeth x-ray procedures, chair side devices usage, laboratory work processes, dental workplace managing along with similar fundamental know-how, and feature an externship at which college students get real-life working experience.

Remington College – At Remington College, it provides dental anatomy, radiology, and dentistry science basic principles via the 8-month diploma course. The program finishes in an externship where individuals earn specialized medical practical knowledge.

Lincoln Technical Institute – The program at Lincoln Technical Institute brings people in four-handed dentistry, chairside support, pediatric dentistry, orthodontics, surgical types of procedures along with dental radiology. Graduate students are usually prepared to take the Radiography National Board Evaluation.

Everest College – As for the dental assistant training course available at Everest college, it features subject areas such as dentistry x-rays, dentistry anatomy plus clinical processes. Training for this program occurs in a laboratory-like setting, making use of primary dentistry equipment like dental seats, oxygen tanks and ultrasonic models.

Ultimate Medical Academy – The program at Ultimate Medical Academy teaches its students regarding information on how to assist dental practitioners during normal routine cleanings, advanced treatments as well as medical clinic procedures. This program also features radiology education, and comes to an end along with a professional medical externship.

Sanford-Brown College – Students enrolling in this school’s program will learn oral anatomy, pathology, radiography, chair-side methods and dental clinical and office management. The dental assistant program is split into sessions, laboratory in addition to professional medical elements, and finish off with a final externship.

US Career Institute – This particular dental assistant school features internet and long-distance education. Its 4-month long course includes devices use, individual treatment, workplace maintenance, syndrome awareness, pediatric dentistry, oral pathology and several other topics. The program is accredited by the DETC.

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