May 1936

A History of the Education of Marine Officers

Volume 20, Issue 2

During almost the first hundred years of the history of the struggling little military organization called the United States Marine Corps when it varied in strength from less than one thousand to approximately thirty-five hundred officers and enlisted there appears to have been very little attempt at the development of an educational system for officers of the Corps. The officers personnel was so small that only a very few were taken into the Corps at any one time except during temporary expansions in time of war, notably during the War of 1812, the Mexican War and the Civil War.

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