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Page Six


Sunday, February 25, 1968

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Pentagon Withholds Decision on Call Up


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WASHINGTON (P)-A decision
on whether to call up thousands
of reserve ground troops is being
withheld until Gen. Earle G.
Wheeler returns from Vietnam,
Pentagon officials said yesterday.
Wheeler, chairman of the Joint
Chiefs of Staff, is due back some
time in the coming week with his
estimate as to whether U.S. forces
should be increased over the pres-
ently planned 525,000.
Gen. William C. Westmoreland,
U.S. commander in Vietnam, has
not yet submitted any force in-
crease request to Washington,
sources said, but Wheeler is ex-
pected to bring back Westmore-
land's recommendations.
Most authorities anticipate that
Westmoreland will want more
If there is a substantial further

drawdown on the regular forces be facing another "moment of
stationed in the United States- truth" such as confronted it in
and these forces already are con- the summer of 1965.
sidered by many senior military At that time the South Vietnam-
men to be too thin-then a reserve ese Army had nearly been destroy-
muster is indicated. ed by the Viet Cong, and the Unit-
Any National Guard and Re- ed States was faced with a choice
serve ground troops called to the of allowing a Communist victory
colors would fill out the central or committing U.S. ground troops
forces within the United States for on a major scale.
contingencies around the world. It American forces in Vietnam rose
is unlikely that such troops would from 75,000 men in late July 1965
be committed to the Vietnam war. to the present level of about
The sharp increase in draft calls 500,000.
to a near Vietnam war record level Concurrently, the over all
of 41,000 men in March and 48,000 strength of the U.S. forces was
men in April points up the serious boosted from nearly 2.7 million
manpower bind in which the serv- men to the current 3.4 million.
ices and the Johnson administra- The administration came very
tion find themselves. close in mid 1965 to ordering a
There is a strong feeling among mobilization of National Guard
some military professionals that and Reserve troops.
the Johnson administration may But the administration was re-
luctant to order a mobilization be-
causeof the psychological effect,
the political impact and the likeli-

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hood that such an extensive call Vietnam, counting in the training
up might have required other mo- and rotation base back in the
bilization steps such as economic United States.
controls. At that price, an increase of
Pentagon experts surveyed the 10,000 men in Vietnam costs about
situation and decided there was $400 million. This, together with
time to phase the build-up over a mobilization of ground reserve
a long period, and thus to cushion troops, probably would destroy ad-
the impact on the U.S. economy ministration hopes to avoid ask-
and society. ing Congress for a supplemental
Switched Signals money allocation this fiscal year
So the Johnson administration and might mean an increase in the
switched signals and chose the defense budget estimate for next
course of sharply increased draft year, too.
calls. - --
At that time, despite a smaller 1
over all military force, the United
States had 10 divisions of Army
regulars and marines in the United
States. R tu rn Of
But now, because of the con-
stant drain of the Vietnam war,
there are fewer than five regular 9
Army and Marine divisions in the eb i Cr w
United States.
Crisis Unresolved DETROIT (P) - A Michigan
This comes at a time when the congressman said today that Sec-
crisis over the North Korean seiz- retary of State Dean Rusk indi-
ure of the intelligence ship Pueblo cated to him that the American
still is unresolved, spy ship Pueblo and its captured
Recently, the Pentagon sent to crew will be released by the North
Vietnam some of the elements Koreans.
which form the bedrock of U.S. Rep. Guy Vander Jagt (R-
States-a brigade of the 82nd Mich.), made his statement in an
Airborne Division and a.regiment interview with newsman Len
of Marines from the West Coast. Walter of radio station WJR.
Military leaders repeatedly have Vander Jagt said that he met
urged a Guard and Reserve call- Rusk at a White House congres-
up to bolster their waning forces sional reception last Tuesday, and
in the United States, but Secretary the secretary "indicated we are
of Defense Robert S. McNamara going to get the Pueblo and its
has resisted this course. crew back,"
Most Face Problem He quoted Rusk as saying that
Some Pentagon officials suggest the Russians are cooperating in
that an increase of about 10,000 the effort because they have ships
men in Vietnam could be absorbed in similar situations.
without forcing a call-up of The Pueblo was captured last
ground units. month as the vessel was engaged
Buta bigger in s oin espionage activities off the
But a bigger increase over the North Korean coast.
present 525,000 ceiling, these of- Vander Jagt said Rusk "struck
ficials feel, might well require at me as being very confident and
least a small scale muster of Guard optimistic" about the return of
and Reserve ground troops, the ship and its crew but did
Pentagon bookkeepers figure it not speculate on how soon they
costs up to $40,000 per man in would be released.


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