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Author Crane, Conrad C., author.

Title Learning the lessons of lethality : the Army's cycle of basic combat training, 1918-2019 / by Conrad C. Crane, Michael E. Lynch, Jessica J. Sheets, and Shane P. Reilly.

Publication Info. Carlisle, PA : Historical Services Division, U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center, [2019?]


Location Call No. OPAC Message Status
 Axe Federal Documents Online  D 101.146:T 68/9    ---  Available
Description 1 online resource (x, 93 pages) ; illustrations (some color)
text txt rdacontent
computer c rdamedia
online resource cr rdacarrier
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 87-93).
Contents Executive summary -- Note on methods -- World wars and mass armies. World War I -- Interwar -- World War II -- Limited wars and conscript armies. Korean War -- Vietnam War -- Building a professional army. From an all-volunteer force to a professional army -- The long war -- Conclusion and observations.
Summary "This study analyzes the initial entry training programs for Army inductees for the last 100 years, to identify the patterns that have shaped that training. Technology has changed over the years, and training has adapted, but technological change has been a less important factor than the oscillation between wartime and peacetime methodologies. Changes in technology have not changed the core functions in which the Army trains its new Soldiers: lethality and survivability. The unvarying trend for the last century shows an increase in lethality and survivability skills after the nation enters combat, often learning harsh lessons. As soon as the conflict ends, however, the training emphasis reflexively moves back toward garrison-type activities. The length of initial entry or Basic Combat Training (BCT) has also waxed and waned over the years, ranging from as long as 17 weeks (1943) (not including OSUT) to as short as 8 weeks (1980). There were always external factors that affected the amount of training time available, such as budgets, force structure, institutional infrastructure, and end strength. This study focuses largely, however, on how the Army used the time allotted. The analysis focuses primarily on infantry skills, but also examines other training where necessary for clarity. (Non-infantry, especially sustainment MOSs, have traditionally received less marksmanship training.) The unifying concept is that all initial entry training categories have remained the same for Soldiers throughout the period, while time spent on each category has fluctuated. Soldiers received different training in specialties" -- Publisher's description.
Note Description based on online resource; title from PDF cover (USAHEC, viewed August 19, 2019).
Subject United States. Army -- Physical training.
Soldiers -- Training of -- United States.
Basic training (Military education) -- United States.
United States. Army. (OCoLC)fst00533532
Armed Forces -- Physical training. (OCoLC)fst01351850
Basic training (Military education) (OCoLC)fst00828154
Soldiers -- Training of. (OCoLC)fst01125324
United States. (OCoLC)fst01204155
Added Author Lynch, Michael E., 1962- author.
Sheets, Jessica J., author.
Reilly, Shane P., author.
U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center, publisher.
U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center. Historical Services Division, issuing body.
Added Title Army's cycle of basic combat training, 1918-2019
Gpo Item No. 0307-A-31 (online)
Sudoc No. D 101.146:T 68/9

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