Accession Number:

ADA434030

Title:

Transforming the Army. TRADOC's First Thirty Years: 1973-2003

Descriptive Note:

Book

Corporate Author:

ARMY TRAINING AND DOCTRINE COMMAND FORTMONROE VA HISTORICAL OFFICE

Report Date:

2003-06-01

Pagination or Media Count:

83.0

Abstract:

This brief history provides an overview of the first 30 years of TRADOCs service to the Army and to the nation. Although shortened and carrying a new title, Transforming the Army owes a great debt to Prepare the Army for War, two editions of which commemorated TRADOCs 20th and 25th anniversaries. The author hopes that the volumes easier transportability makes up in some measure for the loss of material that fell to the cutting room floor during the process of condensation. Contributors to the 1993 edition, including primary author and editor John L. Romjue and Susan Canedy, deserve continuing thanks. For this volume, new primary author and editor Anne Chapman, Benjamin King, and Carol Lilly have worked diligently to slim and update Prepare the Army for War and its useful appendices. Text of the original work remains accessible through TRADOCs web page. The former appendices now stand on their own for ease of updating, but remain linked to the text of both this history and Prepare the Army for War at their online locations. TRADOCs story is generally one of success. Army operations since 1973 provide the historical evidence upon which this conclusion is based. As noted in the preface to Prepare the Army for War, the Armys hierarchical nature focuses any study upon its leaders, and this overview is no different. All of the elements that have constituted TRADOC through the years have reflected the intent of its commanding generals. Nevertheless, it remains for the soldiers and civilians making up the command to execute and shape the commanders intent. Therefore, the first dedication of this overview still rightly belongs to General William DePuy. His command produced the single most far-reaching transformation of the Army until the efforts at the beginning of the 21st Century.

Subject Categories:

  • Humanities and History
  • Military Forces and Organizations

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE