Revolving Door War: Former Commanders Reflect on the Impact of the Twelve-Month Tour Upon Their Companies in Vietnam

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dc.contributor.advisor Dr. Richard H. Kohn, Committee Member en_US
dc.contributor.advisor Dr. Nancy Mitchell, Committee Chair en_US
dc.contributor.advisor Dr. Michael Allen, Committee Member en_US
dc.contributor.advisor Dr. Joseph Caddell, Committee Co-Chair en_US Helton, Bradley Dean en_US 2010-04-02T18:06:56Z 2010-04-02T18:06:56Z 2004-07-06 en_US
dc.identifier.other etd-03252004-091557 en_US
dc.description.abstract The purpose of this study has been to examine the impact of the US Army's twelve-month tour individual rotation policy for officer and enlisted personnel assigned to Vietnam between 1965-72 upon the tactical performance of companies. This inquiry drew upon the upon the views of a select group of officers attending the US Army War College at Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania from 1981-85 that had commanded one or more companies during the war. Their views suggested a mixed aggregate effect. The army's rotation policy adversely impacted the tactical performance of companies by creating problems with continuity that forced companies to perform below their potential, sometimes leading to needless deaths of soldiers. The twelve-month tour further hurt morale by damaging the bonds of camaraderie between soldiers. But the tour also bolstered morale by providing soldiers with a known limit to the duration of their obligation to serve in combat. Therefore, the tour successfully alleviated many of the serious morale problems associated with the ineffective individual rotation policies attempted by the army during World War II and Korea. en_US
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dc.subject tour of duty en_US
dc.subject twelve-month tour en_US
dc.subject individual replacement en_US
dc.subject Vietnam War en_US
dc.subject Vietnam en_US
dc.subject tour en_US
dc.subject rotation en_US
dc.subject individual rotation en_US
dc.subject replacement en_US
dc.subject personnell en_US
dc.subject unit rotation en_US
dc.title Revolving Door War: Former Commanders Reflect on the Impact of the Twelve-Month Tour Upon Their Companies in Vietnam en_US MA en_US thesis en_US History en_US

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