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In the Shadow of the Greatest GenerationThe Americans Who Fought the Korean War$
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Melinda L. Pash

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780814767696

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814767696.001.0001

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You’re in the Army (or Navy, Marines, or Air Force) Now!

You’re in the Army (or Navy, Marines, or Air Force) Now!

(p.53) 3 You’re in the Army (or Navy, Marines, or Air Force) Now!
In the Shadow of the Greatest Generation

Melinda L. Pash

NYU Press

This chapter focuses on the military training given to Americans who served in the Korean War. It first provides an overview of basic training in the U.S. Army before discussing the Marine Corps boot camp, along with Navy and Air Force boot camp and basic training. It then considers the training that National Guardsmen and reservists had to undergo before being sent to war. It suggests that many soldiers and marines rotated into the war zone armed with a “can do” spirit but questionable and untested military prowess. Nevertheless, military training as a whole had been successful in preparing GIs to tolerate racial integration as the need for faster training outweighed the need for racially segregated housing and instruction.

Keywords:   military training, Korean War, Army, Marine Corps, boot camp, National Guardsmen, reservists, soldiers, marines, racial integration

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