The British Military Open Encyclopedia - ARRSE-Pedia. Back to British Army Rumour Service Home

Doctrine

From ARRSEpedia
Jump to: navigation, search
libraryimage.jpg Find out more in the Dictionary



Overview

Doctrine (Latin: doctrina) is a code of beliefs or "a body of teachings" or "instructions", taught principles or positions, as the body of teachings in a branch of knowledge or belief system. The Greek analogy is the etymology of catechism.

Often doctrine specifically connotes a corpus of religious dogma as it is promulgated by a church, but not necessarily: doctrine is also used to refer to a principle of law, in the common law traditions, established through a history of past decisions, such as the doctrine of self-defense, or the principle of fair use, or the more narrowly applicable first-sale doctrine.

Military Usage

As every graduate of Staff College knows, 'doctrine is what is taught', usually by the desperate to the unwilling.