NL ARMS Netherlands Annual Review of Military Studies 2019

Educating Officers: The Thinking Soldier - The NLDA and the Bologna Declaration

  • Wim Klinkert
  • Myriame Bollen
  • Marenne Jansen
  • Henk de Jong
  • Eric-Hans Kramer
  • Lisette Vos

Part of the NL ARMS book series (NLARMS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxvi
  2. Institutional Settings and Change Processes

  3. Educational Philosophy

  4. Didactical Solutions

  5. International Perspectives

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 303-303
    2. Mantas Bileišis, Svajūnė Ungurytė-Ragauskienė
      Pages 321-335
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 355-360

About this book


This book has as its subject matter the academic education of officers and builds on the signing of the Bologna Declaration in 1999 by twenty-nine European ministers for Education and Science, who thereby agreed to coordinate higher education across Europe, by, for instance, the implementation of the Bachelor's and Master's system. 
In the meantime, military academies have also introduced the BaMa system into their programs for officers’ education, which marks a transition from the old days, when officers’ education took place within a national military system, under military command, and was firmly grounded in principles, traditions and needs, as professed by the Ministries of Defence and the armed forces in particular. So the Bologna Declaration can be seen as crucial leverage for the development of in-house academic degree programs as a fundamental part of officers’ education.
With this volume, the editors of NL ARMS 2019 strive to offer a platform to both academics and military and civilian practitioners, as well as to combinations of these, to reflect and share their thoughts on officers’ education `before and after' Bologna, both in The Netherlands and abroad. 
To this end, controversies and challenges, affecting various aspects and systems of officers’ education, have been grouped into five themes. Respectively, the first four themes comprise institutional settings and change; educational philosophy; educational challenges and reflective practices; and didactical solutions. The fifth theme, international perspectives, provides insights into the strategic environments and challenges faced by sister-academies, as well as ways to further officers' education across Europe, such as offered by Erasmus programs. 
All the editors of this year's volume are affiliated with the Faculty of Military Sciences of the Netherlands Defence Academy in Breda, The Netherlands.


Officers' education Military academia Character education Bildung Virtue ethics Reflective practitioners Thinking soldiers Netherlands Defence Academy EU military officers' education Institutional change

Editors and affiliations

  • Wim Klinkert
    • 1
  • Myriame Bollen
    • 2
  • Marenne Jansen
    • 3
  • Henk de Jong
    • 4
  • Eric-Hans Kramer
    • 5
  • Lisette Vos
    • 6
  1. 1.Faculty of Military SciencesNetherlands Defence AcademyBredaThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Faculty of Military SciencesNetherlands Defence AcademyBredaThe Netherlands
  3. 3.Institute for Management ResearchRadboud UniversityNijmegenThe Netherlands
  4. 4.Faculty of Military SciencesNetherlands Defence AcademyBredaThe Netherlands
  5. 5.Faculty of Military SciencesNetherlands Defence AcademyBredaThe Netherlands
  6. 6.Faculty of Military SciencesNetherlands Defence AcademyBredaThe Netherlands

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information T.M.C. Asser press and the authors 2019
  • Publisher Name T.M.C. Asser Press, The Hague
  • eBook Packages Law and Criminology
  • Print ISBN 978-94-6265-314-6
  • Online ISBN 978-94-6265-315-3
  • Series Print ISSN 1387-8050
  • Series Online ISSN 2452-235X
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