ARMED FORCES: Minimum Necessity

The rearmament program which Defense Secretary Forrestal laid down before the Senate Armed Services Committee last week was described by him as a "minimum necessity" of U.S. military strength. Its immediate objective was to boost the armed forces to a new total of 1,734,000 men. The breakdown:

¶ An Army of 782,000—up 240,000 from its present strength.

¶ Navy of 460,000—up 63,000.

¶ A Marine Corps of 92,000—up 11,000.

¶ An Air Force of 400,000—up 35,500.

To acquire that increment of manpower, Secretary Forrestal would clamp selective service on the 3,600,000 young men aged 19 to 25. To provide the added strength, and constant...

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