McNamara’s Folly: The Use of Low-IQ Troops in the Vietnam War
A presentation and reading by Hamilton Gregory, author of “McNamara’s Folly: The Use of Low-IQ Troops in the Vietnam.” Because so many college students were avoiding military service during the Vietnam War, Defense Secretary Robert McNamara lowered mental standards to induct 354,000 low-IQ men. Their death toll in combat was appalling.
Also known as “McNamara’s 100,000.”
Project 100,000 (also McNamara’s 100,000) was a 1960s program by the United States Department of Defense (DoD) to recruit soldiers that would previously have been below military mental or medical standards. Project 100,000 was initiated by Defense Secretary Robert McNamara in October 1966 to meet the escalating manpower requirements during American involvement in the Vietnam War and ended in December 1971.
As far as I am concerned, Robert S. McNamara was one of the most evil and destructive people of the twentieth century. He had gone on to the World Bank by the time I joined the Army in 1969, but his legacy of bungling, arrogance, and cruelty remained with us for many years, and in many ways is still with us today.