Armed Forces: The Families They Left Behind

For six months U.S. career servicemen in Europe have been getting madder and madder at President Kennedy's order cutting off Government-paid transportation and housing for wives and children who want to be with their G.I.s overseas. Complained a European field commander in a recent message to his Pentagon superiors: "Without the stabilizing effect of a wife and children, we may be creating more social problems than we are solving on the economic front."

Last week, staring into a Scotch and soda in a Frankfurt bar, an Army captain brooded: "This isn't Korea or Viet Nam, and it takes more...

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