Toward a Consensus on Military Service - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780080293998, 9781483162362

Toward a Consensus on Military Service

1st Edition

Report of the Atlantic Council's Working Group on Military Service

Authors: Andrew J. Goodpaster Lloyd H. Elliott
eBook ISBN: 9781483162362
Imprint: Pergamon
Published Date: 1st January 1982
Page Count: 344
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Toward a Consensus on Military Service: Report of the Atlantic Council's Working Group on Military Service examines the experience and prospects of the U.S. peacetime military volunteer force. It presents a Policy Paper that offers a broad range of recommendations designed both to strengthen that force and to prepare the way, should circumstances require it, for a resumption of compulsory military service. The book begins by providing a geopolitical backdrop for the issues of U.S. military service examined in subsequent chapters. It analyzes basic U.S. national interests, Soviet power and policy, and East-West relations. This is followed by separate chapters on the antecedents of force-manning in the U.S.; current and evolving concepts of U.S. security requirements; the all-volunteer force; and military manpower policies. Subsequent chapters examine long-term military manpower trends and criteria for a peacetime military force; compulsory service options; and social and ethical issues that have colored the historical American debate over how the nation should raise its armed forces in peacetime.

Table of Contents

List of Figures List of Tables Foreword Preface Members of the Working Group on Military Service Additional Participants in the Regional American Assembly 1 The Setting Challenges to United States Security Interests How Soviet Policy and Power Affect Us The Role of Manpower: Keeping the Peace in a Nuclear Age Differences of Attitudes and Policy Among the Allies National Security and American Society 2 Military Manpower: The American Experience and the Enduring Debate Colonial Militia to San Juan Hill The First Modern Formulations: 1900-1919 Peace, Prosperity, and Depression The Debates of 1940 War Years Postwar Debates Cold War Vietnam, Draft Reform, and a Campaign Promise The Volume of Logic Selected Bibliography 3 U.S. Security Requirements: Missions, Manpower, Readiness, Mobilization, and Projection of Forces Introduction Missions Missions and Manpower Readiness Manpower Mobilization Force Projection Conclusion 4 The All-Volunteer Force: Status and Prospects of the Active Forces Introduction Origins of the All-Volunteer Force Performance of the All-Volunteer Force Perceptions and Prospects Appendix: Methodology for Calculating Revised Category IV Percentages 5 The All-Volunteer Force Today: Mobilization Manpower Introduction Selected Reserves: Status and Prospects The Individual Ready Reserve: Status and Prospects Selective Service: Status and Prospects Balance Sheet and Projections 6 Beyond the Marketplace: National Service and the AVF The All-Volunteer Force: Institution or Occupation? The Consequences of Occupational Military Manpower Policies The Effect of Occupational Policies on the Career Force Implications of Occupational Policies for Military Effectiveness The Context of Long-Term Organizational Adaptation Provisions of


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Andrew J. Goodpaster

Lloyd H. Elliott

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