One View of Officership

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Barry Clark

The Calhoun Review; Liberty University

Date Written: January 1, 2000


Written in 2000, utilized in 2002 by the West Point Leadership Center, published in 2003 by

Serving our nation and the soldiers that we lead is both an honor and an awesome responsibility. These words although true seem cliché. When one considers the ramifications of the “awesome responsibility” bit from above thoughts invariably turn to the question of what is right and how ought things be.

Organizations large and small develop cultures. Organizational culture develops from the collective experience and historical memory of an organization. Organizations change either because those within the group cause change or because the group succumbs to external pressures. The Army is no different. We each must ask ourselves what is our particular role in the organization; what will we change; will we make the organization better or will we simply adapt to norms and pass our time with the mundane?

Keywords: officership, military

Suggested Citation

Clark, Barry, One View of Officership (January 1, 2000). Available at SSRN: or

Barry Clark (Contact Author)

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