Academic journal article Military Review

Under Army Orders: The Army National Guard during the Korean War

Academic journal article Military Review

Under Army Orders: The Army National Guard during the Korean War

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UNDER ARMY ORDERS: The Army National Guard during the Korean War, William M. Donnelly, Texas A&M University Press, College Station, 2001, 271 pages, $34.95.

Under Army Orders: The Army National Guard during the Korean War sheds light on the age-old problem of how to successfully integrate citizen-soldiers into the regular army during times of crisis. Even though William M. Donnelly focuses on the period during the Korean war, the problems of mobilization, training, and readiness could apply now as well as they applied during the limited call-up during the Persian Gulf war. Donnelly brings up valid arguments and differences in conceptual deployment philosophy. Many of the shortcomings of the U.S. Army National Guard (ARNG) and U.S. Army Reserve (USAR) brought to light remain relevant. Whether these shortcomings are actual or perceived is irrelevant since once perceived the issues need to be analyzed and solutions developed.

Reading about the major issues during the Korean war call-up of ARNG units and USAR soldiers allows us to see that Army leaders continue to refine this process to fit the evolving environment of modern warfare. …

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