Howard-English Report

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The Howard-English Report was the result of an independent investigation of the armed forces educational and training institutions by Michael Howard and Cyril English. Submitted in July 1966, the report suggested that the intellectual broadening of non-technical officers should occur through the establishment of a “Royal Defence Academy” in Shrivenham where recruits would spend two years in prior service and then be enrolled in a 1-3 year program. It proposed to separate academic study from purely military study by providing a 3 year break from military service to be devoted to education. [1] The changes were rejected by the military and Howard called the report a "complete waste of time". [2]


  1. P.H. Partridge, Educating for the Profession of Arms, Canberra Papers on Strategy and Defence no. 5 (Canberra: Australian National University Press, 1969), 8-9
  2. Michael Howard, Captain Professor The Memoirs of Sir Michael Howard (Continuum International Publishing Group, 2006) pp.187