The Imperial Reform Army

Jeff Mielke

in Homer Lea

Published by University Press of Kentucky

Published in print September 2010 | ISBN: 9780813126166
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813135632 | DOI:
The Imperial Reform Army

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Liang Ch'i-ch'ao's visit to Los Angeles won publicity for the cause and this led to Lea's initiative to implement his plans of reform. Lea recruited new drill instructors to his ranks, many of whom happened to be members of the California National Guards. But he also recruited other men with military experience. It would be some years yet before Lea's plan was to succeed, and he went to great lengths to produce a façade of professionalism for his embryonic army. Meanwhile, he divided his army geographically into four regimental areas, wherein each regiment had twelve companies, each one highlighting his success. Part of Lea's success in establishing a nationwide reform army stemmed from the generous salaries he paid. Furthermore, he felt that his dreams at last were becoming a reality.

Keywords: cadets; drill instructors; California National Guard; embryonic army; regiment

Chapter.  4251 words. 

Subjects: Military History

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