Accession Number:

ADA009947

Title:

They'd Jolly Well Better Do It: Has Canadian Armed Forces Unification Worked.

Descriptive Note:

Student essay

Corporate Author:

ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1975-01-19

Pagination or Media Count:

28.0

Abstract:

An exploration is made of the results to date of the merger between 1964 and 1968 of three armed services into one Canadian Armed Forces and the lessons that experience suggests for the United States. Unification was aided by Canadian history, the political climate of the mid-1960s, a peculiar defense posture, and unique cultural demands. The reorganization sought to cut costs, improve control mechanisms, and overcome duplication. Although it has not lived up to fiscal expectations, unification has achieved other goals. The effects of personnel disruption are being overcome. Similar problems exist in the United States, but different conditions and a different approach to integration prevent merger-type unification from being feasible here. The Canadian experiment, however, suggests several measures which should be examined and might safely be pursued in this country.

Subject Categories:

  • Military Forces and Organizations

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE