‘A Good Employer’? The All‐Regular Army

David French

in Army, Empire, and Cold War

Published in print January 2012 | ISBN: 9780199548231
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191739224 | DOI:
‘A Good Employer’? The All‐Regular Army

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The manpower requirements of the all‐regular army were no different from those of the National Service army. It still needed an adequate supply of recruits who were sufficiently well‐educated and fit for military service. It then had to make the best possible use of them by allocating them to jobs that they could do, and it had to train them to do them. This chapter analyses the manpower base of the all‐regular army that emerged from the Sandy's reforms. It examines what the military authorities thought being a ‘good employer’ meant. It explores the difficulties they confronted in recruiting, and retaining sufficient manpower, and shows how they struggled to make the most effective use of the personnel they could find.

Keywords: Whistler and Grigg reports; regular recruiting; manpower retention

Chapter.  14395 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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