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To All Members of the Army1
August 23, 1945 [Washington, D.C.]
To better guarantee the permanence of this peace, I am convinced that it is necessary to build up a strong citizen-army. The world must recognize that we are at all times prepared to defend the peace. Furthermore, we owe it to our country, and to the comrades who have made the great sacrifice, to insure that never again will Americans be drawn into a war unprepared.
Therefore I earnestly hope that you will give careful consideration to the importance of enrolling in one of the civilian components of the Army when you are relieved from active duty, that there may be a solid foundation of veterans for the necessary regeneration of the citizen forces.
Document Copy Text Source: George C. Marshall Papers, Pentagon Office Collection, General Materials, George C. Marshall Research Library, Lexington, Virginia.
Document Format: Typed memorandum.
1. As part of a campaign to induce officers and men to join the Organized Reserve Corps, Marshall’s statement was printed as the introduction to a widely disseminated memorandum by Brigadier General Edward W. Smith, the War Department’s Executive for Reserve and R.O.T.C. Affairs. In a separate memorandum encouraging officers to join, President Truman signed as “Colonel, Field Artillery Reserve.”
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. 5, “The Finest Soldier,” January 1, 1945-January 7, 1947 (Baltimore and London: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2003), pp. 285-286.