3-332 Memorandum for General Somervell, September 17, 1942

Publisher: The Johns Hopkins University Press
Date: September 17, 1942

Subject: World War II

Memorandum for General Somervell

September 17, 1942 [Washington, D.C.]

I had gotten the impression that Mrs. Hobby was becoming too heavily involved and rather overworked, so I had her in the other day to see how things were going. Prior to that, however, I had two of the officers from my office go through her headquarters to see what the set-up was there.

It appears to me that she has been rather engulfed in a mass of detail to the detriment of her principal function as Director of the Corps. Although she seems to have numerous assistants who are doing a good job, there apparently is no officer in her headquarters who is sufficiently conversant with War Department procedure to get things going on the most efficient basis and to relieve her of time-consuming details and also to obviate many delays. I think if you can find her a good officer who has the foregoing qualifications he might make an important contribution as a sort of military secretary during the formative period of the Corps.

I also find that the WAAC organization has been fitted into the SOS somewhat on the same basis as the Military Police. For a new organization, particularly one composed entirely of women, I think this is not an effective arrangement. While units assigned to various localities and theaters must come under the local commanders, yet it would seem to be important for some time to come to maintain a rather direct relationship between the Director and these highly special organizations. There is too much that is entirely new and that demands a woman’s point of view to decentralize to the extent that we do with Infantry, Cavalry, and Field Artillery, as well as other special units.1

One of my people has prepared some changes in the regulations which he thinks will obviate some of the apparent difficulties. I have no time to look these over so I send them on to you. The purpose was to give the Director some contact with units after they had been formed and assigned.

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. Regarding the administrative location within the army of W.A.A.C. headquarters and its hectic first summer, see Treadwell, Women’s Army Corps, pp. 50-54.

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. 3, “The Right Man for the Job,” December 7, 1941-May 31, 1943 (Baltimore and London: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1991), pp. 360-361.

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