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Editorial Note on Remaining at Ft. Benning
April 25, 1931
If he was to retain Marshall’s services beyond June 30, 1931, Brigadier General Campbell King had to arrange to circumvent the regulation which stated that officers below the rank of brigadier general had to perform “duty with troops” at least one in every five consecutive years. As Marshall had been on detached service since July 1, 1927, he had to serve with troops by July 1, 1931. Despite efforts by Marshall’s predecessor as assistant commandant at the Infantry School, the adjutant general of the army ruled that that position did not constitute troop duty. (See NA/RG 407 [210.45].) King’s solution to the problem was to issue Special Orders, No. 96 (April 25, 1931), attaching Marshall to the Twenty-fourth Infantry, already a part of the post’s troop complement, “for duty with troops, in addition to his other duties." Thus, for the next year, Marshall was theoretically the second in command of those troops.
Recommended Citation: The Papers of George Catlett Marshall, ed. Larry I. Bland and Sharon Ritenour Stevens (Lexington, Va.: The George C. Marshall Foundation, 1981- ). Electronic version based on The Papers of George Catlett Marshall, vol. 1, “The Soldierly Spirit,” December 1880-June 1939 (Baltimore and London: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1981), pp. 374-375.