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Richard D Brown ed Major Problems in the Era of the American revolution 1760-1791 Lexington MA DC Heath and Company 1992 George Washingtons concerns about the colonial military were valid However they were valid only from the point of view of a late 18th century colonist or colonial sympathizer Washington never did cite any examples of wars which other nations had experienced Based on this principle it is entirely conceivable that he was simply not educated about other global wars If this is true then the only references he had for his concerns were the scant previous colonial war history and his own intuition Washington most probably did not have the knowledge of ancient wars in Africa and Asia as aids in helping him decipher his main military concerns Washingtons concerns were actually nothing more than his opinions Washingtons occupational success was dependent on the degree of colonial military success The distinguished rank of general automatically made his opinions on his militarys weaknesses his gravest concerns The idea that a man will not enlist in a militia if the pay scale differs from that of his community is a valid belief Washington constructed his concerns from this theory Washington believed that if the pay for a soldier was low a man of good virtue would not enlist in the militia A man had to provide for himself as well as his family so there would be little chance that he would choose the low wage occupation of fighting for the liberties which higher wage garnering men sought There had to be more reasons than patriotism to tempt a good man to enlist The officer makes you the same reply with this further remark that his pay will not support him and he cannot ruin himself and family to serve his country when every member of the community is equally interested and benefited
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