By Winslow T. Wheeler

The eleven chapters provided right here through Wheeler (Center for cover info) represent a large critique of present US army guidelines and associations that issues to decades-long difficulties that the authors think are corroding US army and political energy

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It really began just after Germany invaded Poland in 1939 (the Roosevelt administration expected the United States to enter the war sooner or later). Congress had been ramping up the military budget for some years before that. By the time of the Pearl Harbor attack the process was well along, the National Guard having already been called up, the regular Army considerably expanded and a peacetime draft instituted. Furthermore, because of shipping shortages many divisions literally had to wait years to go overseas.

Army organizational practice and submit to regular inspections. Members had to attend 24 drills and five days’ annual training per year. 13 An even greater change came with the National Defense Act of 1916, passed in anticipation of America’s entry into World War I. In effect, it transformed all militia units from individual state forces into a federal reserve force. The title of “National Guard” became mandatory for all militia units and, within the War Department the Division of Militia Affairs became the National Guard Bureau.

S. C. by the Adjutant General). See also Russell F. Weigley, History of the United States Army, (Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press, 1984). S. Navy see Ian W. Toll, Six Frigates; The Epic Founding of the U. S. W. , 2006). org/mil/mil_act_1792. htm. See also Upton, Military Policy of the United States, 54-55. S. Army Register and Graham A. Cosmas, An Army for Empire (University of Missouri Press, 1971). 8 For examples of this see Emory Upton, The Armies of Asia and Europe (New York: Greenwood Press) and The Military Policy of the United States, op cit, 61-62 and 227-28.

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