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Service in the National Service Army

David French

in Army, Empire, and Cold War

Published in print January 2012 | ISBN: 9780199548231
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191739224 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199548231.003.0004
Service in the National Service Army

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In order to ensure that the army was properly manned the civil population had to produce an adequate supply of recruits who are sufficiently well‐educated and fit for military service. Once men had been recruited the army then had to make the optimum use of them by allocating them to jobs that they could do, and by providing them with the kinds of training they needed to do them. Systems also had to be in place to ensure that the officer corps was properly trained to lead and manage them. This chapter examines who joined the army, how they were allocated between the different arms of the service, how they were trained, and the problems that the army had in recruiting and retaining sufficient manpower to fulfil its missions.

Keywords: recruiting; personnel selection; officers, leadership and management; retention; training; morale and discipline; National Service

Chapter.  15314 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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