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Welcome to the Academy of Military Science. Military Science is the study of military history (Navy, Army, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, and Air Force), drill and ceremonies, military policies and ASVAB study assistance.

15:31, 09 February 2018 (UTC)

Recommendations for prospective recruits are drawn from official Department of Defense materials, with specific references to the relevant publications. For students interested in the United States Army the governing policy agency that provides continuity for these guidelines is the United States Army Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC).

Recommended for students who are interested in learning about the US Army, TRADOC PAMPHLET 600-4, abbreviated as TP 600-4, The Guide for Initial Entry Training Soldiers - June 2017 revision - published by The US Government for the United States Army is well known to every soldier who reports for basic training as The Soldier's Blue Book.

The Soldier's Blue Book covers a lot of ground, including information on Army values, traditions, and examples on how to develop, then achieve your personal goals, Army or otherwise. For example on Page 230 a useful set of steps for achieving goals can be remembered by the acronym SMART. You may already be familiar with SMART because it is widely practiced by professionals and students in many different career fields.

Let us revisit the introduction: Recommendations for prospective recruits will be drawn from official Department of Defense material. Whenever possible, sources of material should be checked for current compliance with TRADOC. There may be private copies of government publications that are easier to find online but these copies run the risk of containing outdated material, inaccurate material, omitted material, or unwanted material. Of course for this convenience readers also have to pay for them too.

For many Army manuals, including The Soldier's Blue Book, you can obtain an electronic edition in Word or Adobe formats for no download costs from the US Government Publishing Office (previously the US Government Printing Office) website by searching, and clicking, and searching for the key word phrase: TP 600-4 within the pages of the government websites. Successful results should not lead outside those sites to any private search engines or commercial websites.

With moderate search skills I found the 2014 edition of TP 600-4 in about thirty minutes which was only in PDF format. Then it took another 10 or 15 minutes to find the 2017 edition in DOCX and PDF formats. But again my search skills are moderate so many of you, now that you know where to look will probably find it much faster.

Cutting and pasting the link from my downloads as a short cut didn't appear to work, at least for me, maybe because it was a temporary link from that session instance, and that may be the point. It takes a little effort to locate the no cost download copy of these manuals but its a good lesson in what you can find when you explore past page-one of search results, something casual viewers don't but determined researchers do.

More to follow - (First: ages 8 to 18, find your official 2017 copy of The Soldier's Blue Book, TP 600-4) - coordinated by BW Schulz 04:34, 11 February 2018 (UTC)