Army Downsizing Following World War I, World War II, Vietnam, and a Comparison to Recent Army Downsizing
ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLL FORT LEAVENWORTH KS
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This study investigates the interwar periods following World War I, World War II, and Vietnam. During each period the Army message to Congress is explored. The study also examines downsizing effects on training, morale, and readiness. Post-Cold War Army downsizing is compared and contrasted to each period covered in the study. Following major U.S. conflicts the Armys difficulties with training resources, poor morale, and readiness have been consistent. Additionally, the army leaderships message to Congress has been relatively unchanged throughout each period. The Armys situation was no different following the downsizing programs of the early 1990s. This study emphasizes the relevance of comparing the Army of the downsizing 1990s to the downsizing periods of the past.
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