ARMY: Red Necks

The U.S. Army has grown 548% since 1936, but one branch of it, the Engineers—which last week stood a review on the shadeless, red-dusty parade ground of Fort Belvoir, Va., 15 miles south of Washington on the bank of the Potomac—has grown 1,160%.

Best-educated and most versatile branch of the Army is the Corps of Engineers. Officered by scholastic top-rankers from West Point and by graduates of such crack schools as M.I.T., Purdue and Caltech, the Engineers like to brag that they can do anything. In peacetime they build dams and -levees for...

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