Army & Navy - COMMAND: The Pros

General George C. Marshall's conception of a democratic army (see U.S. AT WAR) is an army in which "leadership is not exclusively concentrated in a professional soldier class." Said he: "This is the type of army which . . . had to be extemporized to meet our needs in. World War I and World War II." The extemporizing U.S. Army had in deed spread responsibility widely; most of its officers were citizen soldiers. But the top leadership of the Army was still largely Regular. Out of 1,300 general officers in the Army today, only 25 are Reservists (e.g., Lieut. General...

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