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Army, Empire, and Cold WarThe British Army and Military Policy, 1945-1971$
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David French

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199548231

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199548231.001.0001

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Service in the National Service Army

Service in the National Service Army

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(p.55) 3 Service in the National Service Army
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Army, Empire, and Cold War
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David French

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199548231.003.0004

In order to ensure that the army was properly manned the civil population had to produce an adequate supply of recruits who are sufficiently well‐educated and fit for military service. Once men had been recruited the army then had to make the optimum use of them by allocating them to jobs that they could do, and by providing them with the kinds of training they needed to do them. Systems also had to be in place to ensure that the officer corps was properly trained to lead and manage them. This chapter examines who joined the army, how they were allocated between the different arms of the service, how they were trained, and the problems that the army had in recruiting and retaining sufficient manpower to fulfil its missions.

Keywords:   recruiting, personnel selection, officers, leadership and management, retention, training, morale and discipline, National Service

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