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Memorandum for General Handy,
Assistant Chief of Staff, G-1 [Henry]
November 14, 1944 [Washington, D.C.]
With reference to the report of the G-1 Division in the Minutes of the General Council of the 13th of November regarding officer candidates: I am inclined to think there will be some confusion in the requirement situation overseas unless it is clearly understood in the theater that divisions which have been milked of most of their top personnel will not be held to the positive direction that 50% of their vacancies must be filled by promotions from the ranks.
For example, General Truscott made very clear to us in the VI Corps when General Handy and I were in France, that those divisions had so many casualties, which too frequently include the conspicuous leaders, and had made so many promotions from the ranks that they would be unable to meet the requirements that 50% of their vacancies should be secured by promotions of men from the ranks.
On the other hand there are divisions on the Western front that have had very limited casualties and therefore presumably would have material available but not many vacancies.
Please make perfectly clear in the instructions that there is no arbitrary direction to a specific division that 50% of its particular vacancies must be filled from its own ranks.
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: 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), p. 661.