Vietnam: Involuntary Tour

On the 14th day in October of 1968, U.S. Defense Department officials announce that the Army and Marines will be sending about 24,000 men back to Vietnam for involuntary second tours because of the length of the war, high turnover of personnel resulting from the one year of duty, and the tight supply of experienced soldiers.

This decision had an extremely negative impact on troop morale and the combat readiness of U.S. forces elsewhere in the world as troops were transferred to meet the increased personnel requirements in Vietnam.

Though open war was never declared between the two nuclear powers, we engaged in a series of proxy wars and technological competitions in an effort to secure our interests and stem the spread of Communism.