General Staff Act
Miles helped to kill an ambitious general staff bill in 1902. A narrower law in 1903 provided for a small General Staff Corps, limited to forty‐five officers and assigned to the War Department. It also sanctioned the Army War College, a planning entity that Root had created in 1900. The legislation replaced the commanding general with an army chief of staff, who supervised the staff corps and served as principal military adviser to the secretary of war. Congress required that the chief of staff serve for no more than four years and that the staff officers rotate out of Washington and into the field. The chiefs of existing bureaus such as the Quartermaster and Ordnance departments, and especially the Adjutant General's office, remained powerfully allied with Congress and worked to marginalize the general staff until U.S. entry into World War I.
James E. Hewes, Jr. , From Root to McNamara: Army Organization and Administration 1900–1963, 1975.
"General Staff Act." The Oxford Companion to American Military History. . Encyclopedia.com. (August 19, 2017). http://www.encyclopedia.com/history/encyclopedias-almanacs-transcripts-and-maps/general-staff-act
"General Staff Act." The Oxford Companion to American Military History. . Retrieved August 19, 2017 from Encyclopedia.com: http://www.encyclopedia.com/history/encyclopedias-almanacs-transcripts-and-maps/general-staff-act
Encyclopedia.com gives you the ability to cite reference entries and articles according to common styles from the Modern Language Association (MLA), The Chicago Manual of Style, and the American Psychological Association (APA).
Within the “Cite this article” tool, pick a style to see how all available information looks when formatted according to that style. Then, copy and paste the text into your bibliography or works cited list.
Because each style has its own formatting nuances that evolve over time and not all information is available for every reference entry or article, Encyclopedia.com cannot guarantee each citation it generates. Therefore, it’s best to use Encyclopedia.com citations as a starting point before checking the style against your school or publication’s requirements and the most-recent information available at these sites:
Modern Language Association
The Chicago Manual of Style
American Psychological Association
- Most online reference entries and articles do not have page numbers. Therefore, that information is unavailable for most Encyclopedia.com content. However, the date of retrieval is often important. Refer to each style’s convention regarding the best way to format page numbers and retrieval dates.
- In addition to the MLA, Chicago, and APA styles, your school, university, publication, or institution may have its own requirements for citations. Therefore, be sure to refer to those guidelines when editing your bibliography or works cited list.