Academic journal article Military Review

Closer Than Brothers: Manhood at the Philippine Military Academy

Academic journal article Military Review

Closer Than Brothers: Manhood at the Philippine Military Academy

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CLOSER THAN BROTHERS: Manhood at the Philippine Military Academy, Alfred W. McCoy, Yale University Press, New Haven, CT, 2000, 416 pages, $40.00.

In Closer Than Brothers, Alfred W. McCoy presents a prosopography of two Philippine Military Academy (PMA) classes: 1940, its first; and 1971, its most controversial. Both classes faced similar political decisions that they collectively and individually handled in markedly different ways. McCoy asks these questions:

* How is an officer corps socialized?

* What factors promote the socialization's collapse?

* Why did these two groups of young men, who graduated from the same school under similar curricula, turn out so differently?

Of course, McCoy realizes that the simple answer to all the questions is that internal and external factors unique to each class determine different outcomes. Each class might be subjected to rigorous drill, discipline, and indoctrination, but its mix of personalities and values, influenced by society's political values and the ruling government's political agenda, make it unique.

The class of 1940 came of age during the Philippines' colonial era (1898-1935). The U.S. Army encouraged the Commonwealth government to create an officer corps in its own image-one that was professional but apolitical. From 1945 through the 1970s, the United States regarded the Philippines as a showcase for democracy and discouraged professional officers' political ambitions. …

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