The Rock and the Hard Place Use of Force by ARNG in Civil Disturbance Operations
ARMY WAR COLLEGE CARLISLE BARRACKS PA
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The history of National Guard involvement in the control of civil disturbance is reviewed with emphasis of those incidents which contributed to demands for legal restraint on their use of force in such operations. The development of the present judge made law and of current policies requiring minimum force in control of civil disorders is followed by an explanation of the dilemma facing guardsmen as a result of that concept. The acceptance and understanding of the doctrine of minimum force and of the willingness of guardsmen to use force when necessary to carry out their mission in this legal environment is measured by primarily subjective means. Problems encountered in training and suggestions for continued effective training conclude the essay.
- Sociology and Law