Debate and diplomacy have been central to the history of the U.S. Army.
The U.S. Army’s mission is to defend the United States against adversaries. When and how the Army is deployed stems from debate among nations, individuals, or groups. The Army has also confronted debates within its own ranks on the meaning of military service over its 240 year history.
In addition to defense, the U.S. Army plays an important role carrying out diplomacy on behalf of the nation. Soldiers provide “boots on the ground” to support declarations of war, treaties, and other diplomatic measures negotiated by political leaders. Soldiers also support humanitarian missions by administering medical care, distributing supplies, and constructing facilities in times of need.
How do Soldiers’ stories relate to the theme Debate and Diplomacy in History: Successes, Failures, Consequences?
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