The Montgomery GI Bill: Norman Schwarzkopf Needed Brain Power and Sonny Montgomery Provided It
BY Brad Hollingsworth
Mississippi State University
15 October 2014
History 8823: Seminar in US History since 1877
Dr. Richard V. Damms
G.V. 'Sonny ' Montgomery at Adjournment Party of House Resolution 1400
Source: File Photo/MSU Special Collections
The Montgomery GI Bill is a piece of legislation that has been left out of the discussion when it comes to factors that led to victory in the Gulf War, and that is an error. The historical record proves that education benefits saved the military, especially the Army after Vietnam, and made the all- volunteer force a huge success. There is no arguing that there are other factors that helped win the war in the Gulf. It can be argued that the GI Bill and education benefits were the most important, because without quality sSoldiers none of the other factors would have mattered. Regardless of ranking the factors it should be understood that leaving Sonny Montgomery and the GI Bill out of the equation discussion is a major errorn absolute fallacy. “General Schwarzkopf noted in his autobiography, It Doesn’t Take a Hero, that winning the war in the Gulf was three percent technology and 97 percent brainpower.”1 Sonny Montgomery was largely responsible for ensuring Schwarzkopf had that brainpower in his formations.
The findings of this paper present a bold argument that has not been found in previous research. There is plenty of material explaining how the G.I. Bill served as a social program and kept the country from absorbing the strain of millions of veterans being integrated back in society with no prospects for employment. It caused colleges to grow and prosper in the United States. There are works that discuss the negative impacts on minorities and underprivileged citizens caused by various G.I. Bills. The part of the story that does not exist is what the G.I. Bill accomplished for the military. Until the all-volunteer
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