America was not prepared for the entry into the First World War. When they got into the war in April 1917, America had a total of three hundred thousand soldiers. These were drawn from all units including the National Guard Units. This showed how the unprepared United States was. Despite the lack of enough soldiers for the War, the army had many problems. Their arsenal supply, for instance, was not in existence. Apart from supply, it was clear that the military was undergoing a lot of problems. There were a lot of issues on management, organization and training. Initially, the then President Wilson declared that America was neutral in the war. The fears that they were just out of Mexico and that the army was not in good shape sparked a lot of doubts about the war. He continued to push for a peaceful way of solving ending the war even when it was greatly opposed by the Roosevelt, the former president. America came to be drawn into the war in 1916.
Although America was in war as a neutral participant at the beginning, most of its allies were expecting a lot from America. They anticipated a lot of supplies of weapons and intelligence. Before the war, America had only eight hundred planes that could be used after 1917. It only plunged into full-scale production the years after 1917. In 1918, for instance, they manufactured, at least, two thousand planes every month. Apart from supplies in equipment and intelligence, allies to America anticipated America to supplies manpower. This led to Wilson appointing General John J. John was to lead the expeditionary force during the war. Wilson, however, entered the war but maintained the American soldiers were a separate entity from the army formed by her allies Britain and France. American soldiers fought under their flag and leadership which kind of satisfied both her allies and the rest of the war.
American Build up
America was slow in entering the war. Even after they were in it, they took time before fully committing themselves to full war. They only provided some help to her allies. All this time, President Wilson was taking time perusing a peaceful avenue to end the war. This gave General John time to reorganize the army and put a few things in order. Their first action was in May 1918 when her army fought alone on the Marne River.