Army & Navy - Dangerous Terrain

Worried by snipers, the Army moved warily across dangerous political terrain. The objective was legislation for a national military policy after the war. Last week the Army thought it had a sound, if tentative, plan. But powerful forces were ready to oppose it.

Keystone of the Army's peacetime plan is universal military training. If the Army had its way this is how it would work:

One year's compulsory training for every able-bodied 18-year-old would provide the Army with a constant force-in-being of some half-million trainees. For emergencies the Army would have at hand a pool of ex-trainees, to be mobilized like...

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