ARMED FORCES: It Was Murder

For the National Guard, historically more powerful than the Regular Army in political battles, the hour had come for counterattack. Reviewing an Army directive requiring six months' active field training for new Guardsmen after April 1, Defense Secretary Charles E. Wilson labeled Guard Korean war recruiting "a draft-dodging business" (TIME, Feb. 11), and Chief of Staff Maxwell D. Taylor lamented the inadequacy of the Guard's preparedness.

To counter them, before a House Armed Services subcommittee last week came Major General (ret.) Ellard A. Walsh. 69. National Guard Association president, and twelve Guard...