Lift for Morale

The 1,038,500 draftees, reservists and National Guardsmen in the U.S. Army (total strength: 1,572,000) last week had a surprise: in spite of the law extending their service for, 18 months bigwigs in the War Department had no intention of keeping most of them that long.

Eighteen months more was just a time limit so that the Army would not be unduly rushed in discharging men 1) before they had finished jobs in hand, 2) before they could be adequately replaced, or 3) in such numbers that units would be broken up. Actually the War Department intended to turn them out as...

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