Nation: Filling the Ranks

Since President Johnson authorized 45,000 more servicemen for Viet Nam —to bring total troop strength there to 525,000 by next July—Congressmen have questioned whether the men can be supplied without jeopardizing U.S. commitments elsewhere or mobilizing the reserves. The answer, says the Pentagon, is that indeed they can.

The additional troops will come mainly from Stateside training units. Under current planning, the Army will supply 34,000, the Air Force 7,000, the Marines 2,000, the Navy 1,000, and the Army and Navy 1,000 military construction workers. The reinforcements will provide General William C. Westmoreland with nine new infantry maneuver battalions, three air squadrons,...

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