Academic journal article Military Review

Ph.D. Completion Timeline

Academic journal article Military Review

Ph.D. Completion Timeline

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Lt. Col. Shon McCormick, Ph.D., U.S. Army, Army Strategist (FA 59)-I am writing to voice my concerns with the Ph.D. completion timeline Maj. Gen. Gordon Davis, Brig. Gen. Thomas Graves, and Col. Christopher Prigge portray in their article "The Strategic Planning 'Problem'" (Military Review, November-December 2013). My own recent experi- ence in completing a Ph.D. program encouraged me to write and ensure prospective Advanced Strategic Planning and Policy Program (ASP3) candidates are fully aware of the cost in time and energy associated with completing the program under the conditions the authors describe.

Based on my experience, I do not think most offi- cers can complete their dissertation according to the ASP3 model. According to the article, officers in the ASP3 program need to complete a substantial por- tion of their dissertation work while simultaneously performing a developmental tour at a "combatant command or other strategic headquarters." Even though I had the luxury of conducting the majority of my dissertation work as a full-time student, it still took me 18 months of eight- to ten-hour workdays. …

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