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General William E. DePuyPreparing the Army for Modern War$
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Henry G. Gole

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780813125008

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813125008.001.0001

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To Fix a Broken Army

To Fix a Broken Army

(p.213) 14 To Fix a Broken Army
General William E. DePuy

Henry G. Gole

University Press of Kentucky

The period between 1969 and 1973 marked a very bad time for the U.S. Army's history as Vietnam appeared to have the upper hand in the war against the United States. While the U.S. Army was busily engaged in Asian light infantry combat, the armored and mechanized forces of the Red Army as well as the mobile fire support in Europe had already been modernized. As such, the U.S. Army had to improve training procedures, a rethought of doctrine, and modernized weapon systems so that they would properly be able to address the threat posed by the Soviet Union. Some of the effects of this war involve the end to conscription as well as how volunteers were needed to be recruited in the army.

Keywords:   U.S. Army, volunteers, light infantry combat, Red Army, Soviet Union, conscription, modernized weapons, training

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