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No Sure VictoryMeasuring U.S. Army Effectiveness and Progress in the Vietnam War$
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Gregory A. Daddis

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199746873

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199746873.001.0001

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Soldiers’ Interlude: The Symptoms of Withdrawal

Soldiers’ Interlude: The Symptoms of Withdrawal

(p.181) 8 Soldiers’ Interlude: The Symptoms of Withdrawal
No Sure Victory

Gregory A. Daddis

Oxford University Press

Chapter 8 concentrates on how MACV assessed the organizational effectiveness of U.S. Army units serving in Vietnam in 1970. Did officers sense there had been a deterioration of combat effectiveness over time? Much of the Vietnam War historiography comments on the supposed deterioration of troop performance due to drug use, racial tension, and a breakdown in discipline. This chapter investigates how MACV measured such performance. It further asks if it was even feasible for the U.S. Army to withdraw from Vietnam while simultaneously maintaining its overall combat effectiveness.

Keywords:   organizational effectiveness, army discipline, drug use, racial tension, combat effectiveness

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