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Project 100,000: New Standards Men and the U.S. Military in Vietnam

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dc.contributor.advisor Lair, Meredith H. Bateman, Kirklin Joseph
dc.creator Bateman, Kirklin Joseph en_US 2014-09-29T18:03:33Z 2014-09-29T18:03:33Z 2014-08 en_US
dc.description.abstract This dissertation examines a Vietnam Era defense manpower program where the Department of Defense lowered the minimum score on the Armed Forces Qualification Test from 31 percent to 10 percent. The Defense Department called the program Project 100,000 because it allowed for 100,000 men per year to serve under the lowered standards. It lasted from October 1966 to December 1971 and resulted in approximately 346,000 men serving in all branches of the military, nearly two-thirds of them in the Army. These New Standards Men, so called since they served under "new standards," were nearly evenly split between draftees and volunteers. The genesis for Project 100,000 occurred when the 1962 Selective Service Annual Review revealed that one-third of the young men who had reported for their induction examination and physical during that year failed to meet minimum standards--about one-half for low-aptitude and the other half for medical reasons. President Kennedy and later President Johnson commissioned a senior-level task force to study why this occurred and to develop national level recommendations to address the problem. The Defense Department's contribution to these recommendations culminated in Project 100,000.
dc.format.extent 233 pages en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.rights Copyright 2014 Kirklin Joseph Bateman en_US
dc.subject American history en_US
dc.subject Military history en_US
dc.subject Public policy en_US
dc.subject All-Volunteer Force en_US
dc.subject Draft en_US
dc.subject Lyndon Johnson en_US
dc.subject Robert McNamara en_US
dc.subject Vietnam War en_US
dc.subject War on Poverty en_US
dc.title Project 100,000: New Standards Men and the U.S. Military in Vietnam en_US
dc.type Dissertation en Doctoral en History en George Mason University en

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