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Air National Guard and the American Military Tradition: Militiaman, Volunteer, and Professional
Charles J. Gross (au); Ronald R. Fogleman (fr)
Throughout most of its history, America has relied upon the militia (later, the National Guard (NG)) and wartime volunteers as the mainstays of its defense. Prior to the 20th cent., citizen-soldiers bore the main burden of fighting the nationís wars and restoring domestic tranquility. This study traces the transformation of NG aviation from a grass roots experiment that first emerged prior to World War I to a true force in reserve of the Air Force after the Vietnam conflict. The Air Force has been a leader within the DoD in developing and creatively employing its reserve components. This history analyzes why and how that happened. Suggests how citizen-soldiers have adapted our nationís militia institutions to the demands of high tech. air warfare in the late 20th century. Illus.
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