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Men in Uniform: Military Manpower in Modern Industrial Societies by M R D Foot

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Men in Uniform: Military Manpower in Modern Industrial Societies by M R DFoot 


Pages crisp and clear with tight binding. Michael Howard's book plate and name inscribed to inside cover. Cover has wear. See images

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  • Format - Hardcover
  • Pages - 161



There is a wide measure of agreement among thoughtful people in all countries of the free world that it is essential to maintain strong and efficient armies, navies, and air forces over the next decade if the West is to reduce its dependence on modern weapons and escape from the appalling dilemma of appeasement of economic expansion and full employment is making it increasingly harder for the armed forces to compete with the industry for the type of men needed.

Men in Uniform is a searching analysis of this problem, and of the ways in which different free countries are confronting it. The author discusses the American and German selective service systems; the European system of conscription, the citizen armies of Sweden, Switzerland, and Israel; the role of women in uniform; and the prospects for a new system of voluntary recruitment in Great Britain. He points out the strengths and weakness inherent in each of these systems - relating them to the type of strategy they best can serve - and examines the past history and present social structures that have produced them. A table summarizing some thirty countries reveals surprising figures on military strength in relation to population figures and on comparative rates of pay.


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