Military's Peacetime Role (Implications of the Civilian Conservation Corps Experience)
Master's thesis May 1985-Jun 1986
ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLL FORT LEAVENWORTH KS
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This thesis evaluated militarys role in the Civilian Conservation Corps CCC, 1933-1942. The purpose of the study was to determine the effects of the militarys involvement in the CCC on national defense, on the economy and to deduce a net effect on national power. The study looked briefly at other well known peacetime ventures Lewis and Clark Expedition, Panama Canal Project, air mail service in which the military has been involved to see if there were comparable effects. An historical research methodology was used. Facts and expert opinion were gleaned from sources and evaluated to discern effects. The findings of this thesis were that the peacetime militarys involvement in nation building and domestic service programs, especially the CCC, had predominantly positive effects on both the economic strength and the military strength of the nation, and that there was an interactive net positive effect on national power. In view of the positive impacts of the militarys involvement in the CCC and other civilian-like pursuits, this study concluded that the military should have an enunciated dual purpose in peacetime to provide for the common defense and to promote the general welfare. Finally, it was suggested that a home-for-the- homeless training and public works program and a youth program, involving free technical education, para-military training and conservation work might serve the best interests of the nation today as the CCC did in the 1930s.
- Personnel Management and Labor Relations
- Civil Engineering