ARMED FORCES: Goldbrick Blues

Front-line soldiers have long argued that the Army could stop worrying about its manpower reserves if it just cashed in a few of its rear-echelon goldbricks. Last week Army Secretary Frank Pace, an ex-major in the Air Transport Command, came to the same conclusion. On his orders to squeeze every available combat soldier out of the 1,300,000 men in uniform, the Army told all units to cut their nonfighting personnel by a flat 3%.

Hardest hit by the new order will be cooks and bakers, who have grown accustomed to flocks of helpers...

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