Friday, December 12, 2008

Widen Your Outlook

First, you have the opportunity to widen your outlook and broaden your horizons and to gain the kind of perspective rarely possible under the pressure of daily duties.

Second, you have the opportunity to escape from the preconceptions, the prejudices, and the viewpoints associated with the necessarily limited scope of virtually all operating jobs.

Third, you have the opportunity to advance in knowledge and understanding of many great and complex problems which face this country and the world today; and to see these problems, not in the context of the needs and interests of a particular service or agency, but of the Government and the Nation as a whole.

To sum up: Here you will have the opportunity to broaden your intellectual horizons, escape from the limitations of professional prejudices and interests , and gain in understanding of many difficult and complex problems facing this country today and in the years ahead.
General Mundy's comments to the incoming class of the Industrial College of the Armed Forces in 1958.

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