Formation of the Light Infantry.
ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA
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This essay examines the formation of the light infantry. Initially, the requirements for strategic deployment and deterrence are examined. The background that led to the decision to form this type of division is discussed. The author reviews the historical precedence for light infantry force. Using the conversion of the Armys 7th Infantry Division as the focal point, the critical issues that effected that conversion are discussed. Personnel issues addressed consider the relationship of the light force to the Armys New Manning System, COHORT. Other personnel matters examined include the formation of new battalions and the downsizing of established battalions. The training policies that were used during the conversion of the division are also presented. The author uses his experience as an infantry battalion commander in the 7th Infantry Division to highlight the conversion to the light infantry organization. Exercise Team Spirit 85 is illustrated as an example of a successful light infantry operation. Several lessons from that exercise are documented. Finally the question of light infantry employment is reviewed. This review studies the light force in relation to the strategic, operational, and tactical levels of war. Author
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics