Soldiers’ Interlude: The Symptoms of Withdrawal

Gregory A. Daddis

in No Sure Victory

Published in print May 2011 | ISBN: 9780199746873
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199897179 | DOI:
Soldiers’ Interlude: The Symptoms of Withdrawal

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Chapter 8 concentrates on how MACV assessed the organizational effectiveness of U.S. Army units serving in Vietnam in 1970. Did officers sense there had been a deterioration of combat effectiveness over time? Much of the Vietnam War historiography comments on the supposed deterioration of troop performance due to drug use, racial tension, and a breakdown in discipline. This chapter investigates how MACV measured such performance. It further asks if it was even feasible for the U.S. Army to withdraw from Vietnam while simultaneously maintaining its overall combat effectiveness.

Keywords: organizational effectiveness; army discipline; drug use; racial tension; combat effectiveness

Chapter.  8309 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: International Relations

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