A Combat Role for the USAR Training Divisions,
ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA
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The purpose of this study is to describe and justify an additional mission for the USAR Training Divisions. The current mobilization plan for the Training Divisions calls for them to move to designated training centers and either augment or take over the training mission of that installation. I propose an expansion of this mission After the training division has trained a full cycle of combat soldiers, I propose that, with the addition of company grade officers and other combat and logistical support units, the training division should move out to the theatre of operations as a Light Infantry Division. Prior to their conversion to training divisions, these units were all combat infantry divisions and thus retain some remnants of this past organization. So the present structure continues to provide a firm organization for command and control od maneuver units. The expense and turmoil created by this additional mission would be minimal, since the combat division would not be assembled until after mobilization and all parts of the combat division would come from the various training centers, branch schools and installation support units, both active and reserve. All that is lacking for the formation of 12 additional combat divisions is an implementation plan. Finally, by adopting this concept, the army would gain the additional flexibility of being able to tailor the mission of the training divisions to the immediate needs of the Army.
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