Designed to fill an overlooked gap, this book, originally published in 1972, provides a single unified introduction to bibliographical sources of British military history. Moreover it includes guidance in a number of fields in which no similar source is available at all, giving information on how to obtain acess to special collections and private archives, and links military history, especially during peacetime, with the development of science and technology.
You can't handle the truth. These iconic words, bellowed by Jack Nicholson as Colonel Jessup in the 1992 movie A Few Good Men, became an emblem of the conflict between honor and truth that the collective imagination often considers the quintessence of military justice. The military is the rare part of contemporary society that enjoys the privilege of policing its own members' behavior, with special courts and a separate body of rules. Whether one is for or against this system, military trials are fascinating and little understood. This book opens a window on the military judicial system, offering an accessible and balanced assessment of the strengths and weaknesses of military legal regimes around the world. It illuminates US military justice through a comparison with civilian and foreign models for the administration of justice, with a particular emphasis on the UK and Canadian military justice systems. Drawing on his experience as a serving officer, private practitioner, and law professor, Eugene R. Fidell presents a hard-hitting tour of the field, exploring military justice trends across different countries and compliance (or lack thereof) with contemporary human rights standards. He digs into critical issues such as the response to sexual assault in the armed forces, the challenges of protecting judicial independence, and the effect of social media and modern technology on age-old traditions of military discipline. A rich series of case studies, ranging from examples of misconduct, such as the devastating Abu Ghraib photos, to political tangles, such as the Guantanamo military commissions, throw light on the high profile and occasionally obscure circumstances that emerge from today's military operations around the world. As Fidell's account shows, by understanding the mechanism of military justice we can better comprehend the political values of a country.
There are scads of books written about military leadership, or act of heroism so great they are deserving of their own manuscript. This is not one of those books. This book is about the moments that made us laugh along the way. These are the times that built morale, helped us cope, and otherwise helped make the in between times bearable. What do we mean by the funny moments? Well, have you ever sent a brand new Private to the Supply Sergeant looking for dehydrated water, or a personalized body bag? We have. Have you ever planned a prank that backfired? We have. Have you ever put together a prank that took advanced planning, time, trouble, and precision to execute? When that prank took place did people have to leave a dining hall because they were laughing too hard? These are the stories of what happens when guys spend too much time together and start to act like, well, guys. These are the times we pranked someone with ether (yes the anesthetic), the times we made the new Private do things just to see if he would...in other words this is what happens when boys are boys and they have too much time on their hands. We do hope you enjoy reading them as much as we enjoyed living them.
The purpose of this commentary is to describe what the Song means in a biblical context. The Song of Solomon is all too often portrayed as a sort of sex manual for Christians, or as erotic or pornographic literature, or as a story of illicit love (fornication, adultery). In this commentary the biblical injunctions against sexual immorality and for married love are faithfully followed. Symbols and figures are explained by the normal use of language and according to biblical usage. The Song of Solomon describes the first love and marriage of Solomon before he became king. The Holy Spirit uses the Song to teach his people the ways, means, and joys of friendship and love, courtship and marriage, home and family
Blacks in the Military and Beyond thoughtfully chronicles the tumultuous journey of African Americans in the military from slavery through the present, examining how the armed forces have been used as a means for gaining legitimacy and as the ultimate path to citizenship. This unique book extends to both pre and post-service economic considerations as significant factors in determining whether serving in the military has indeed advantaged Blacks. Owing to the reality of the modern military, mechanisms such as the periodic drawing down of forces are studied in terms of their impact on Blacks overall. In its analysis, the book also delves into a variety of topics and issues, including how the military is a conduit in creating and sustaining the Black middle class and how the now repealed "Don't Ask, Don't Tell, and Don't Pursue" policy compares with the larger overarching values of the African American community. Most poignantly, Blacks in the Military and Beyond challenges the military to be more strategic as to the long term effects of its decisions in conjunction with its moral compact with African Americans.
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