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To Colonel Roy A. Hill
November 30, 1938 [Washington, D.C.]
With further reference to the ROTC, I wish you would read the article in the November-December number of the Infantry Journal,1 and let me have your reactions. I am not referring to his final recommendation as to the War Department set-up, as we have already discussed that.
However, in regard to my last comment and with reference to your last letter, you have never expressed yourself as to what is liable to happen here in case we leave the organization in its present set-up. My view had a double purpose—a stronger voice in ROTC affairs here and, at the same time, the avoidance of an unfortunate office being created seriously to interfere with the proceedings of the General Staff.
Document Copy Text Source: George C. Marshall Papers, Pentagon Office Collection, General Materials, George C. Marshall Research Library, Lexington, Virginia.
Document Format: Typed letter.
1. Captain Edward Y. Blewett, “Behind the ROTC scene,” Infantry Journal 45 (November-December 1938): 543-48. Blewett’s thesis was that the value, role, and future of college R.O.T.C. programs were being questioned by students, faculty, and administrators because of insufficient support by the war Department. R.O.T.C. programs were not getting a sufficient number of instructors of suitable quality and disposition; the R.O.T.C. curriculum was being criticized on campus as of dubious quality; the corps area R.O.T.C. heads were failing to impress university leaders with the program’s seriousness of purpose; and the quality of equipment available to the R.O.T.C. was low. The author suggested that the war Department create a hoard of three Reserve officers—somewhat like the military academies’ boards of visitors—to direct the program.
Recommended Citation: The Papers 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. 1, “The Soldierly Spirit,” December 1880-June 1939 (Baltimore and London: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1981), p. 656.