'Army Training, Sir!': The Impact of the World War I Experience on the Evolution of Training Doctrine in the U.S. Army   [open pdf - 993KB]

From the Thesis Abstract: "The American Army's mobilization for World War I was fraught with difficulties, resulting in a number of failings that produced a capable but flawed expeditionary force. The traditional interpretation of the army's training during that conflict was that it was lackluster as it produced combat units that lacked critical capabilities. However, the experience of learning how to train and how to write training doctrine produced positive results that have largely gone overlooked by historians. This study examines the status of training in the pre-war army, to include both existing doctrine and institutional management organizations. It then chronicles the wartime experience and traces the evolution of training doctrine and practices during the war. It concludes by looking at the immediate post-war years to determine what lasting impacts the wartime experiences had on training doctrine and management. Overall, this study concludes that the training effort during World War I had significant long-term benefits for the army, as it produced the foundation of the army's training practices through World War II."

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