Education: 3 Rs for I -As

Since Selective Service first went into operation in 1940, its importunate finger has tapped many an illiterate recruit. During the first three years 240,000 such registrants were promptly waved off—more men lost to the Army than the total of battle casualties so far. Not until June 1943 did the Army take steps to teach its illiterates the three Rs. Since then approximately 90% of illiterate registrants have been salvaged for the Army, and many a reject has been reclassified. G.I. schools have become commonplace.

The greatest number of illiterate or non-English-speaking trainees come...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!