Charles R Bowery, Jr. is a retired U.S. Army officer who hails from New Kent County, Virginia. He earned his B.A. in history from William & Mary and his M.A. from North Carolina State University, and wrote a social history of Civil War junior officers for his thesis. He currently works as the chief historian of the U.S. Army, and is studying the Army’s policies on the recruitment, education, and service of Black officers after Vietnam. He is working with Professor Eric Arnesen to write a dissertation that investigates the Army’s concepts of meritocracy and colorblindness in the era of the all-volunteer military.