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Memorandum for the Assistant Chief of Staff, G-3
January 10, 1941 [Washington, D.C.]
(Attention of the Officer in Charge of ROTC Affairs)
Attached is a list of the standings of a group of 74 officers taking the Basic Field Artillery course at Sill. 12 of these officers were honor graduates of the ROTC, the remainder were recent West Point graduates.
It was anticipated by the Chief of Field Artillery that the honor graduates from the selected men, presumably the cream of the ROTC product, would be mostly in the upper half of the class. This did not prove to be the case. For example, the honor graduate from the University of Illinois, an ROTC institution of 3500 students, stands 71 in a class of 74. That is not a logical result. Florida splits the difference between one at the top and one at the bottom.
I am wondering whether or not it might be a good thing to circulate this result, confidentially, among the PMS&T’S to get their comments.
Document Copy Text Source: Records of the War Department General and Special Staffs (RG 165), Records of the Office of the Chief of Staff (OCS), 20741-4, National Archives and Records Administration, College Park, Maryland.
Document Format: Typed memorandum.
Recommended Citation: ThePapers 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. 382.