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Seventh Army
US Army, Europe

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Combat Arms Regimental System (CARS)
(Source: STARS & STRIPES, May 16, 1958)
Pentomic Shift of Artillery Ends in July

WASHINGTON (Special) -- Phase one of the Army's pentomic reorganization will be completed by July 1 when the Army finishes redesignating all active nondivisional artillery units as elements of the 74 "parent" artillery regiments selected for retention under the Combat Arms Regimental System.

Shelved during World War II, the 74 regiments of artillery were recalled under the arms system as parents of its pentomic missile and other artillery battalions.

Under this system, 157 regiments of all types have been selected to preserve the traditions of the Army's historic "regiments of the line." Each regiment will have at least one active Army element when the first phase, which began July 1, 1956, is completed this July.

Parent Regiments
Institutional rather than tactical, each parent regiment will field a variable number of combat units, contingent upon the size of the Army at the time.

An Army spokesman said that implementation of phase two, Army Reserve redesignation, and phase three, National Guard redesignation, will be accomplished concurrently with the reorganization of all active units within pentomic concepts.

Related Links:
The Combat Arms Regimental System, Questions and Answers - online copy of the historical manuscript published by The US Army Center of Military History in 1968 (includes a very good CARS Bibliography).