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To Fix a Broken Army

Henry G. Gole

in General William E. DePuy

Published by University Press of Kentucky

Published in print September 2008 | ISBN: 9780813125008
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813135168 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5810/kentucky/9780813125008.003.0014
To Fix a Broken Army

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The period between 1969 and 1973 marked a very bad time for the U.S. Army's history as Vietnam appeared to have the upper hand in the war against the United States. While the U.S. Army was busily engaged in Asian light infantry combat, the armored and mechanized forces of the Red Army as well as the mobile fire support in Europe had already been modernized. As such, the U.S. Army had to improve training procedures, a rethought of doctrine, and modernized weapon systems so that they would properly be able to address the threat posed by the Soviet Union. Some of the effects of this war involve the end to conscription as well as how volunteers were needed to be recruited in the army.

Keywords: U.S. Army; volunteers; light infantry combat; Red Army; Soviet Union; conscription; modernized weapons; training

Chapter.  9360 words. 

Subjects: Military History

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