ARMY & NAVY: The Hard Way

While he was flying 75 bombardment missions over Europe in World War II, 23-year-old Army Air Forces Pilot Roy Clark rose to the rank of major. But with peace, he faced reduction to first lieutenant in the Regular Army.

Major Clark decided on a different way of becoming a career officer. He resigned and got an appointment to the U.S. Military Academy—which had extended the entrance age from 22 to 24 for veterans of World War II. Last week, in West Point greys, ex-Major Clark was studying hard in the hope of emerging in 1950 as a shiny new second...

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