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...

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