Training for War Service

Archive Report

Need of Trained Forces for Natioanl Security

Reluctant Acceptance of the principle of compulsory military training by many citizens who have opposed it in the past has been one of the results of the series of American reverses in Korea in the summer of 1950 and ensuing public recognition that the country's defenses must be kept in a state of readiness for war for an indefinite period.

The Senate Armed Services Committee was ready in August to bring a universal training bill to the floor for immediate consideration but postponed action at the request of President Truman who feared that prolonged debate would impede other more immediately essential measures. At the same time the President reiterated his support of compulsory training for war service and called ...

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