National Affairs: Waning Strength

Secretary of War Dwight Filley Davis and Major General John L. Hines, retired Chief of Staff† of the Army, announced their annual reports last week. Both stressed the fact that the provisions of the National Defense Act of 1920 had not been fulfilled, that the Army strength was waning dangerously. Significant points:

1) On June 30, 1926, there were only 131,707 officers and enlisted men serving in the regular Army, whereas the Defense Act calls for an aggregate of 297,726.

2) There had been a steady increase in the number of officers resigning and...

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