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Memorandum for Colonel Grogan from Colonel Frank McCarthy
July 11, 1944 [Washington, D.C.]
The Chief of Staff approves the following statement to be used as a preface to “Army Life:”1
MEMBERS OF THE ARMY OF THE UNITED STATES:
As a newly inducted soldier you will find it necessary to make a complete readjustment of your previous habits of life. You have become a part of a huge organization in which you will live in intimate daily association with other soldiers conforming to the exacting requirements of the military team. The necessary disciplinary control and the military surroundings will present an entirely new order of life for you, all essential to our great purpose in this war.
To help you make the necessary readjustments this book, ARMY LIFE, has been prepared. It is based on experiences of millions of men who have entered the Army before you and it should provide the answers for most of the questions every new soldier asks himself or his associates. Study carefully its contents, for it should assist you greatly in making the necessary readjustments in establishing yourself as an efficient soldier.
Good luck to you. May you find friends and experience that will be of great help to you in the years to come.
Document Copy Text Source: George C. Marshall Papers, Pentagon Office Collection, Selected Materials, George C. Marshall Research Library, Lexington, Virginia.
Document Format: Typed memorandum.
1. Army Life was among the War Department pamphlet series issued to soldiers. See Marshall Memorandum for the President, June 27, 1944, Papers of George Catlett Marshall, #4-426 [4: 497].
Recommended Citation: ThePapers 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. 4, “Aggressive and Determined Leadership,” June 1, 1943-December 31, 1944 (Baltimore and London: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1996), pp. 515-516.