Why was America's standing Army so small in the early 20th Century?

sparky

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Jan 2017
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Sydney
This work for the US due to their favorable strategic geography
the draw back is that it take a couple of years to ramp up competent officers and NCO
the US always had the time ,
now with its global deployment , the readiness level is raised , it require more trained personnel
well that's the theory anyway
before the opponent had to cross oceans , now it's the US armed forces which has to cross them

morality , choose your fights carefully
 

Code Blue

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Feb 2015
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Caribbean
IMO they(as in the founding fathers) were smarter then we are in some aspects, including how to properly speak about a foreign country. Thomas Jefferson was a highly skilled diplomat. I think that the leading GOP candidates of today are terrible when it comes to foreign relations. Jefferson conducted himself with proper manners, as a gentlemen would. Trump, Cruz and Rubio talk like they are children when it comes to foreign policy.
Jefferson, who conducted an undeclared war on Muslin terrorists, is somehow unlike Republicans starting in the Bush I era? LOL. If that were an intentional joke, it would not be so funny..
 
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Rodger

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Jun 2014
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Jefferson, who conducted an undeclared war on Muslin terrorists, is somehow unlike Republicans starting in the Bush I era? LOL. If that were an intentional joke, it would not be so funny..
Some people badly need a history lesson more than others I guess.
 

JoanOfArc007

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Dec 2015
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Jefferson, who conducted an undeclared war on Muslin terrorists, is somehow unlike Republicans starting in the Bush I era? LOL. If that were an intentional joke, it would not be so funny..
Thats not history. Jefferson and Envoys from Tunisia talked together as gentlemen. Re read through the thread links.
 

royal744

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Jul 2013
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San Antonio, Tx
I fairly recently read a book on the Spanish American War and I think I'm right in saying that before Cuba came on the horizon there was only an army of about 26-27,000, spread around the US. There was a sudden massive recruitment which led to some pretty shambolic tactics and events during the invasion, when you look into it. Only the even more shambolic behaviour of the Spanish command facilitated a successful US mission. There is a reason Teddy's Rough Riders charge is remembered - it had to be done!
Yes, and they attacked San Juan Hill on foot. Teddy recruited and trained his Rough Riders in San Antonio at Ft Sam Houston.