ARMED FORCES: Changing of the Guard

Encamped in the Corral Room of the Hotel Westward Ho in Phoenix, Ariz., the National Guard Adjutants General Association heard some frilly Pentagonese. "The lightning strokes of any future war will never again permit us to linger on the soft pillow of time," said Secretary of the Army Wilber Marion Brucker. Then, explaining the need for a fast National Guard switchover from armory to atomic warfare, Brucker ticked off the proposed changes in the Guard: a paring-down of the present 27 combat divisions (21 infantry, six armored) to 21 streamlined pentomic divisions (15 infantry, six armored) and a 25%...

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