The Public Interest

On the making of lieutenants and colonels

Theodore J. Crackel

Summer 1984

AMERICAN military education has at its heart two crucial processes—the making of lieutenants and the making of colonels. How we prepare young men to lead others into battle, and how we ensure that those who assume the highest commands are well-qualified, are issues that must be addressed with utmost seriousness, because failure here can have the gravest consequences.

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