Nation: Who'll Fight for America?

Manpower problems are undermining U.S. military might

It could have been an occasion for pure celebration: a mighty warship sailing into port on Memorial Day after an exhausting mission showing the nation's flag in distant seas. Yet the joyful welcome was clouded by a growing concern. For all of its sophisticated weaponry, America is facing a shortage of the most valuable military resource of all: manpower. The return of the U.S.S. Nimitz made the point symbolically, and President Carter made it directly as he stood on the...

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