Army & Navy - COMMAND: Postwar Plans Department

Washington wrangled in hearing rooms and cloakrooms over the blueprint of the nation's postwar military structure. Two basic details were at issue: i) the proposed merger of the services (which the Navy determinedly fought) and an independent air force (see below); 2) universal military training, which had set educators, religious leaders, legislators and plain citizens at loggerheads with the military and each other. Congressional opponents of the training bill tried to kill it last week in committee and will try again. There is at least a 50-50 chance they will finally succeed. Present prospects of the service merger: likely.

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