2-381 Memorandum for General Haislip, March 3, 1941

Publisher: The Johns Hopkins University Press
Date: March 3, 1941

Memorandum for General Haislip1

March 3, 1941 [Washington, D.C.]

Subject: Civilian Corps of Specialists.

Please give this matter further study. I realize that we have lists of civilian experts, but this is not at all what I have in mind. We are constantly under pressure to use the services of individuals in all categories from Anglican bishop to theatrical producer, and many of these people have talents which can be employed to advantage in some of our activities. As a rule they want some military rank or status, but it is a travesty to commission individuals who have not and who never will have any command function.2

The Germans have solved this problem very neatly with a uniform militarized Civil Service, and it is possible that we could adapt this to our own system. It would require legislation, which should not be difficult to obtain.

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. Brigadier General Wade H. Haislip (U.S.M.A., 1912) had been assistant chief of staff, G-l, since February 19, 1941.

2. On the policy eventually followed by the Army Service Forces in the commissioning of civilian specialists, see John D. Millett, The Organization and Role of the Army Service Forces, a volume in the United States Army in World War II (Washington: GPO, 1954), pp. 100-101.

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), p. 435,

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