Accession Number : ADA182832

Title :   On Light Infantry.

Descriptive Note : Student essay

Corporate Author : ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA

Personal Author(s) : Kellogg,J K , Jr

PDF Url : ADA182832

Report Date : 01 May 1987

Pagination or Media Count : 35

Abstract : The light infantry division remains a contentious force development issue to this day. Concerns have been raised over the potential return to a 'hollow army' by creating a new force design with no subsequent increase in Army end strength, sustainability of light forces on the battlefield and general war fighting capabilities. Yet the light divisions were created to better balance a force structure that was unbalanced in heavy forces that did not allow flexibility of response options to the National Command Authorities (NCA). The light division, in fact, allowed a more flexible response option by tailoring a force that was truly strategically mobile and combat capable. This paper addresses the force structure requirement for the light infantry division by exploring political rationale, strategic mobility capability, warfighting potential and the overall requirement of the Army to support national strategy with a corresponding military force structure. Keywords: Prepositioning, Rapid response, Combat ready, Armored vehicles, Training, Airborne infantry, Balanced fighting force.

Descriptors :   *DIVISION LEVEL ORGANIZATIONS, INFANTRY, AIRBORNE, ARMORED VEHICLES, BATTLEFIELDS, MILITARY FORCE LEVELS, MILITARY FORCES(UNITED STATES), MILITARY STRATEGY, MOBILITY, QUICK REACTION, REQUIREMENTS, RESPONSE, STRENGTH(GENERAL), WARFARE, ARMY PERSONNEL, ARMY TRAINING

Subject Categories : Military Forces and Organizations
      Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE