The Military: A Changing Role

The military men of Latin America have long been more interested in prestige and political power than in the real business of soldiering. Now, while they are still ready, willing and able to pull a coup-as they did in Bolivia last week &they are placing new emphasis on a practical military problem.

They are a surprisingly large force.

Since World War II, Latin American nations have kept an average 500,000 men under arms, and spent some $1.6 billion annually on their care and feeding. Much of the money has gone for such status symbols...

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