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Memorandum for Assistant Chief
of Staff, G-1 [Haislip]
May 17, 1941 [Washington, D.C.]
With relation to the Candidate Schools, I am getting the impression that we are going to lose some excellent material by reason of restriction of candidates to those who obligate themselves to a further year’s service. If there is a full emergency, we can demand their service; if there is not a full emergency, the better the man the more apt he is to have an ambition for his progress in civil life, which would influence him strongly to return to civil life and give up the chance for a commission. On this basis, we would lose some of the best.
I am inclined to think we would get enough anyway under present conditions to meet the requirements. Also there is the feeling of G-1 with regard to the strong view that 50% of the Reserve officers should be released after a year’s service commencing June 1st, and from this point of view, the fact that some of the candidates do not choose to serve a year longer would assist G-1 to proceed with the training of those Reserve officers who have not yet been called to duty.
It is true that the individual would be much more effective if he had a year’s training as a commissioned officer. It may be from that point of view that the present regulation is justified. However, please consider this matter in the light of the above.
Document Copy Text Source: George C. Marshall Papers, Pentagon Office Collection, Selected Materials, George C. Marshall Research Library, Lexington, Virginia.
Document Format: Typed memorandum.
Recommended Citation: The Papers of George Catlett Marshall, ed. Larry I. Bland, Sharon Ritenour Stevens, and Clarence E. Wunderlin, Jr. (Lexington, Va.: The George C. Marshall Foundation, 1981- ). Electronic version based on The Papers of George Catlett Marshall, vol. 2, “We Cannot Delay,” July 1, 1939-December 6, 1941 (Baltimore and London: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1986), pp. 512-513.