3-277 Memorandum for the President, August 14, 1942

Publisher: The Johns Hopkins University Press
Date: August 14, 1942

Subject: World War II

Memorandum for the President

August 14, 1942 Washington, D.C.


Subject: Augmentation of the Army in 1943—Cal. Yr.

The Army augmentation for 1943 was based on a CALENDAR YEAR and not on a FISCAL YEAR as evidently understood by you in approving it.1

My proposal called for a total mobilization of seven and a half million men by December 31, 1943, with authority to draw on this total in advance to the extent of 650,000 men during the remaining months of calendar year 1942.

Your approving memorandum authorizes a strength of 4,350,000 by June 30, 1943, and the seven and a half million total by June 30, 1944. Actually, a strength of 4,350,000 has already been authorized by December 31, 1942, and mobilization is proceeding toward that objective.

A copy of my memorandum of August 10 is attached for convenient reference. I urgently recommend your approval of the outlined program on a calendar year basis.2

G. C. Marshall

Document Copy Text Source: Franklin D. Roosevelt Papers, President’s Secretary’s File, Confidential, Franklin D. Roosevelt Library, Hyde Park, New York.

Document Format: Typed memorandum signed.

1. See Marshall Memorandum for the President and note, August 10, 1942, Papers of George Catlett Marshall, #3-275 [3: 298-99].

2. “I did not understand that your figures for augmentation of the Army in 1943 were based on calendar year and not fiscal year,” the president replied. “I expect to approve this but please talk it over first with the Director of the Budget, as it may throw all their figures out of line.” (Roosevelt Memorandum for the Chief of Staff, August 15, 1942, FDRL/ F. D. Roosevelt Papers [PSF, Confidential].) See Marshall Memorandum for Leahy, King, and Arnold, August 24,1942, Papers of George Catlett Marshall, #3-290 [3: 315-16].

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. 300-301.

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