2-178 Memorandum for the Deputy Chief Of Staff [Gasser], May 23, 1940

Publisher: The Johns Hopkins University Press
Date: May 23, 1940

Memorandum for the Deputy Chief Of Staff [Gasser]

May 23, 1940 [Washington, D.C.]


Subject: Further objectives for Staff Planning.

I think we should get under way with definite studies or plans for further military development.1 As a basis for initiating such procedure, it first becomes necessary, it seems to me, to make certain general decisions as to objectives. For example:

Existing Forces: – Approximately 500,000 at present, to be ready for continuous combat by July 1, 1941.

Protective Mobilization Plan: – Approximately double existing forces, to be in a similar state of preparation by January, 1942.

First Augmentation beyond PMP: – Either one and a half million or two million men, to be in a similar condition of preparation by July 1942.

With relation to the Air Forces, the successive stages of plane development, meaning completely manned, serviced, and supplied units, should be determined upon in general numbers of planes.

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. On the morning of May 20, representatives of the General Staff’s Personnel and supply divisions and the Quartermaster Corps met with Marshall to discuss the implications of a sudden increase in manpower. Marshall inquired as to how long it would take, assuming that Congress passed a selective service act, to procure enough men to expand the army to its Protective Mobilization Plan quota of 750,000 plus 250,000 replacements. The Personnel representative said forty-five days. Marshall told Bernard Baruch that it would take about four months. Marshall requested that studies be made of the problems of providing shelter and clothing for the P.M.P. force. (Walter S. Smith Notes of Conference in Chief of Staff’s Office, May 20,1940, NA/ RG 165 [OCS, Chief of Staff Conferences File].)

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. 221.

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