Accession Number:

ADA250796

Title:

American Mercenaries: A Historical Precedence in East Asia

Descriptive Note:

Individual study project,

Corporate Author:

ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1992-04-21

Pagination or Media Count:

72.0

Abstract:

This study examines the employment of indigenous civilians into the U.S. Army to backfill vacancies created early in conflicts in East Asia. The Philippine Scouts formed battalion-size elements under the leadership of American officers and noncommissioned officers. In Korea, KATUSAs became individual replacements. Today, Korean citizens who are members of the ROK Army serve as low-ranking KATUSAs in U.S. Army units in lieu of compulsory service in ROKA. Despite extensive experience with indigenous citizens in the U.S. Army, this country fails to draw on that experience and, as a result, squanders an extremely valuable resource in times of diminishing budgets and manpower strength.

Subject Categories:

  • Personnel Management and Labor Relations

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE