National Affairs: Non S.O.P. Maneuver

In Washington's beehives of bureaucracy, it is Standing Operating Procedure for a department to spend its full annual appropriation, lest its budget be cut in the years to come. Last week the Marine Corps' commandant, General Lemuel Shepherd, told the House Armed Services Committee of the most non-S.O.P. mili tary maneuver yet. By eliminating purchases of unneeded equipment, the corps has. managed to refund $57 million to the Treasury during fiscal 1953.


Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


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

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

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