Bryce Hoffman recently wrote in Forbes about his experiences of studying at the U.S. Army Combined Arms Center as a civilian in the hopes of analyzing the art of planning and strategy. The focus of his article shifts from one that encourages civilians in the business sphere to seek out opportunities to study in the innovative environment at the Combined Arms Center, to one that echoes sentiments of his military colleagues about the large divide separating the 'warrior class' from the 'ruling class.'
The business and political elite of American society can afford to disengage from voluntary military service, but many members of the upper societal tiers act beyond detachment and fail to recognize the benefits of military service not only for personal development, but also for strengthening business strategies. Hoffman sees this as a missed opportunity for various civilian sectors.
For the military, a force that fails to represent the republic, (to include the 'ruling class'), could limit the military's talent pool as well as increase the likelihood of group think by limiting diversity. Encouraging more civilians to seek out academic opportunities in military institutions (and granting military members opportunities to study at civilian institutions), can help prevent the construction of a 'warrior class' distinct from the 'ruling class', and instead increase understanding of the military's role among all citizens of the republic.
Col. Taylor and others I’ve gotten to know here at Fort Leavenworth are concerned about the growing chasm between the military and the rest of American society — particularly at the top of the socio-economic pyramid. He wants America’s business leaders to encourage their sons and daughters serve in the military. He says it will not only help the military, but also help businesses by creating a new generation of well-rounded leaders who are exposed to the... innovative thinking I’ve been experiencing firsthand here at Combined Arms Center. “If your son is going to inherit $50 million for you and become the CEO of your company, then tell him he’s not going to do that until he serves four years in the military,” Col. Taylor said. “Believe me, you’ll be so grateful for the investment we make in him.”