Defense: Toward an Ideal Army

An army in which civilians do the housekeeping chores. A radar technician never washes dishes. A helicopter mechanic never mows the parade grounds. There are no inspections on Saturday mornings to delay enjoyment of a weekend pass. No one stands in line for anything for more than 15 minutes. The purpose of each training exercise is explained so clearly that even the most dim-witted recruit gets the point. Above all, each man is a soldier because he wants to be one.

A master sergeant's alcoholic reverie? Not at all. That vision of the future U.S. Army was soberly presented last...

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