Accession Number:

ADA190844

Title:

The Tactical Implications of Combat Inexperience in the United States Army

Descriptive Note:

Corporate Author:

ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLL FORT LEAVENWORTH KS SCHOOL OF ADVANCED MILITARY STUDIES

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1987-11-30

Pagination or Media Count:

60.0

Abstract:

As war veterans retire from the military, the U.S. Army transitions to a generation of soldiers with no combat experience. This monograph examines this phenomenon of combat inexperience and assesses the tactical implications for the Army. To consider the impact of combat inexperience on the outcome of battle, this monograph weighs the significance of combat inexperience against other factors which also affect a battles final result. This monograph first reviews literature and research which address various factors influencing the outcome of battle. In each case - S.L.A. Marshalls Men Against Fire, Samuel A. Stouffers The American Soldier Combat and Its Aftermath, and Richard Holmes Arts of War - the monograph examines some of the characteristics of combat inexperience and how the soldiers consequent behavior affects a battle. The monograph discusses a number of common themes surrounding a soldiers conduct in war. Next, this monograph tests the literature and research by surveying three battles which occur at the outset of World War I, World War II, and the Korean War. The intent is to consider each battle in its historical context, to examine specific significant events in each battle, and to analyze the battles conduct and outcome in light of the literature and research previously reviewed. Finally, a series of conclusions and implications for the Armys future highlight the requirement to train the Army realistically for its combat mission.

Subject Categories:

  • Military Forces and Organizations
  • Defense Systems
  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE