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Preparing The Army National Guard for War - Army National Guard forces not prepared for Operation Desert Storm

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[Technical Report, Research Note]

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United States Sergeants Major Academy

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The purpose of this paper is to describe how military planners failed to account for the proper amount of funding, training, and mobilization time necessary for the deployment of Army National Guard brigades to Operation Desert Storm. When three Army National Guard roundout brigades mobilized for the Persian Gulf War, the active duty Army leadership identified multiple problems. After the 48th, 155th, and 256th National Guard combat brigades received their active duty notification for Operation Desert Storm, it took them much longer to get ready than expected. Many active duty Army officers had perceptions about these three units, and they did not want to deploy with them. To further complicate the Army National Guards deployment, the active component placed additional training requirements on them in order to meet deployment certification which only one of the three brigades managed to reach.


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  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics
  • Military Forces and Organizations
  • Humanities and History

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[A, Approved For Public Release]