U.S. At War: The Comb-Out

To meet its own manpower crisis the Army is combing itself out with a heavy hand. Already most of the physically fit have been curried from headquarters offices, quartermaster depots and transportation centers. By last week there were fewer than 7,000 combat-fit ground force troops in the U.S., and fewer than 5,000 service force troops who could qualify for battle duty. Now the Army is raking over its last fields: bases overseas.

The man who did much of the combing-out job is hardheaded, old (68) Major General Lorenzo Dow Gasser, veteran of the Spanish war....

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