Interviews: Generally conducted three to five years after retirement from active duty in order to allow interviewees time to develop longer-term perspectives and insights concerning their service.
Interviews may be conducted sooner when potential interviewees indicate strong interest and Oral History Branch resources are available.
Background: The Senior Officer Oral History Program [SOOHP] was established in 1970 by the Chief of Staff of the Army, General William Westmoreland, to provide insights into command and management techniques utilized by senior officers in key positions and to further scholarly research in the history of the U. Following initial production of a transcript by the USAMHI Oral History Branch, draft transcripts are reviewed by edited by the interviewer.
Interview transcripts are placed in the archives of the U. Army Military History Institute (USAMHI), part of the U. Army Heritage and Education Center (USAHEC) for use by U. Army War College (USAWC) students and faculty and other researchers, headquarters, and agencies in accordance with interview access agreements. Transcriptions: USAMHI seeks to transcribe all SOOHP interviews to in order to maximize access to content.
The final edit is provided by the interviewee, whose revisions are considered final.