The University of Kansas hosts a symposium with Vietnam War scholars titled "Manpower and Morale After Tet."

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    1:44 PM EDT

    Manpower and Morale After the 1968 Tet Offensive

    Historians looked at military manpower and morale trends after the 1968 Tet Offensive. Topics included draft and enlistment rates of college graduates, the perspective of Army Chaplains, and Project 100,000 - Defense Secretary Robert McNamara’s plan to recruit soldiers who previously did not meet some mental and physical standards. This discussion is part of an all-day conference titled “Manpower and Morale After Tet” hosted by the Center for Military, War, and Society Studies at the University of Kansas.

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    3:00 PM EDT

    Building an All-Volunteer Force After Vietnam

    President Nixon ordered the end of the U.S. draft in 1971, but it did not officially end until 1973. In this program, military historians discussed the transition into an all-volunteer force, and they questioned the president’s reason for ending the draft and whether an all-volunteer military is better for wartime morale. This was part of an all-day conference hosted by the Center for Military, War, and Society Studies at the University of Kansas.

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    9:09 PM EDT

    U.S. Soldier Morale 1971-1973

    A panel of historians examined the morale of U.S. soldiers in the final two years of the Vietnam War. This discussion was part of an all-day conference titled “Manpower and Morale After Tet” hosted by the Center for Military, War, and Society Studies at the University of Kansas.

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    10:39 PM EDT

    Coping With Low Morale During the Vietnam War

    A former U.S. Army psychiatrist and a retired U.S. Marine Lt. Colonel who both served in Vietnam joined two historians to discuss the problem of low morale in the final years of American participation in the Vietnam War. This discussion was part of an all-day conference titled “Manpower and Morale After Tet” hosted by the Center for Military, War, and Society Studies at the University of Kansas.

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    6:49 PM EDT

    U.S. Army Policy Changes After Vietnam

    The assistant army secretary of Manpower and Reserve Affairs talked about the policy changes and the lessons learned since the Vietnam War. He argued that the U.S. Army should remain an all-volunteer force for future wars. This discussion was part of an all-day conference hosted by the Center for Military, War, and Society Studies at the University of Kansas.