Read ➳ Elviss Army Author Brian McAllister Linn –

Elviss Army When The U.S Army Drafted Elvis Presley In 1958, It Quickly Set About Transforming The King Of Rock And Roll From A Rebellious Teen Idol Into A Clean Cut GI Trading In His Gold Trimmed Jacket For Standard Issue Fatigues, Elvis Became A Model Soldier In An Army Facing The Unprecedented Challenge Of Building A Fighting Force For The Atomic Age.In An Era That Threatened Soviet American Thermonuclear Annihilation, The Army Declared It Could Limit Atomic Warfare To The Battlefield It Not Only Adopted A Radically New Way Of Fighting But Also Revamped Its Equipment, Organization, Concepts, And Training Practices From Massive Garrisons In Germany And Korea To Nuclear Tests To Portable Atomic Weapons, The Army Reinvented Itself Its Revolution In Warfare Required An Equal Revolution In Personnel The New Army Needed Young Officers And Soldiers Who Were Highly Motivated, Well Trained, And Technologically Adept Drafting Elvis Demonstrated That Even This Icon Of Youth Culture Was Not Too Cool To Wear The Army S Uniform.The Army Of The 1950s Was America S Most Racially And Economically Egalitarian Institution, Providing Millions With Education, Technical Skills, Athletics, And Other Opportunities With The Cooperation Of Both The Army And The Media, Military Service Became A Common Theme In Television, Music, And Movies, And Part Of This Generation S Identity Brian Linn Traces The Origins, Evolution, And Ultimate Failure Of The Army S Attempt To Transform Itself For Atomic Warfare, Revealing Not Only The Army S Vital Role In Creating Cold War America But Also The Experiences Of Its Forgotten Soldiers.

Read ➳ Elviss Army  Author Brian McAllister Linn –
  • Hardcover
  • 464 pages
  • Elviss Army
  • Brian McAllister Linn
  • 21 July 2017
  • 9780674737686

    10 thoughts on “Read ➳ Elviss Army Author Brian McAllister Linn –

  1. says:

    This started out as an excellent book Linn has written a solid piece on the U.S Army, primarily between the end of WWII and the beginnings of Vietnam During this period the Army experimented with the New Look, tried the Pentomic concept, and eventually reorganized the major units of action with ROAD The author does an excellent job of explaining the contradictory needs within the Army for trained, career minded technicians and large numbers of draftees When the U.S Army tried to give draftees of an incentive to remain, with education and other benefits, it made it difficult to keep weapons maintained and to conduct training When the Army attempted to retain NCO technicians it found that only the least qualified men were staying in Linn explored several interesting topics First and foremost was the role public relations played in the 1950s The Army was not only redefining itself, it was busy SELLING itself as a branch of the service which still had a role to play in the atomic era Unfortunately, the same personnel shortfalls in the Army at large made it hard to find and keep good PIOs, but some of the public affairs efforts were really quite good Other programs, which gave TV and movie companies access to Army stock footage and equipment, allowed the Army to have a say on scripts U...

  2. says:

    Fascinating examination of the US Army between conflicts, in this case the period between Korea and Vietnam Linn uses the induction and service of Elvis Presley as a hook to examine the Army s struggle with relevance in the nuclear age, an attempt at transformation and impediments that kept it from becoming the Army it wanted to be Along the way, Linn chronicles the Army s attempt at reform of some of it s institutions West Point, for example by some, was considered a haven for draft dodgers during World War II , it s fighting organizations and experiment with new tactics and techniques most famously the air assault concept The centerpiece of this was the highly controversial Pentomic Concept , a title only a Sosh P could have come up with He highlights the Army s continued and frustrated attempts to move to an all volunteer ...

  3. says:

    As Eisenhower and his advisers promulgated the New Look Policy, predicated on high tech weapons and nuclear deterrence, the army struggled to articulate a vision that would give cohesion to an officer corps riddled with RHIP resentments, enlisted solders who were either overqualified and underused, or ones needing comic books with eighth grade vocabularies for instruction in working with nuclear procedures All of them existed in a system with faltering personnel cycles, trying to compete with a 1950s labor market in which companies were tolerating unions, offering pensions and cultivating brand loyalty of a kind the military had never had to pitch to a broad population Linn s use of Elvis as an exemplar, and juicy details Miss Army 1962 was.Jane Fonda highlights the problems of the US army generation between WWII and Vietnam, popularized by MASH, Beetle Bailey and Sgt Bilko, but also creating a critical mass...

  4. says:

    A fantastic journey through the professionalization of the US Army From the development of multifunctional formations, centralized schooling and selection of NCOs, the the switch from pinks greens to Army Greens the story of change is here Like much of history, what is new is old.

  5. says:

    Brian McAllister Linn describes the evolution of the U.S Army between the Second World War and the beginning of the Vietnam War He stresses how the Army embarked on public relations campaigns, dealt with budgetary and personnel cuts during Eisenhower s New Look, and implemented ROAD Divisions under Kennedy s Flexible Response The theme that runs throughout the book is that the Army required proficient, skilled technicians in order to maintain and operate increasingly complex technology but could not retain inductees or volunteers past two three year enlistment terms because of private sector competition for both the rising managerial, white collar worker and the skilled craftsman The Army faced perennial personnel shortfalls, fell behind in maintenance of vehicles, batteries, and materiel, and stifled the free thought and leadership flexibility of its junior officers and junior field grade officers This book covers wide ranging topics but generally remains focused on how the Army sought to define itself relative to the Air Force and Navy during the post atomic era and how senior commanders pushed internal campaigns for revolutionize Army doctrine, strategy, and tactics Linn provides a fairly grim view of the Army during this period Most new technologies e.g Davy Crockett crew fired atomic weapons, Corporal missiles, and the artillery fired tactical atomic bomb were failures Command culture became a to...

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