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Memorandum for The Adjutant General
January 10, 1935 [Chicago, Illinois]
Reductions in Paper Work.
1. This morning as Senior Instructor for the Illinois National Guard there passed over my desk three “Certificates of Limited Losses,” covering small items of equipment and clothing lost during the maneuvers and overland march of last August, by three different organizations. The totals of money value involved were, $19.24, $18.27 and $18.53. Half of those amounts would probably have correctly represented the actual value of the items at the time of their loss, or a total of $28.00. These papers bore 28 signatures, and it was necessary for me to sign my name 12 times, making a total of 40 signatures.
2. I submit that such procedure eventually results in a loss of supervision, rather than a gain. One signature by each party on the original paper should suffice, and would result in more time being devoted by supervisors in checking the items, rather than, as at present, in dashing off a number of signatures on trivial papers in order to be free to attend to more important duties. Approximately 1000 signatures of this particular nature must be made by the Senior Instructor each fiscal year.
3. An amendment to regulations is recommended authorizing a reduction in the number of signatures required on such documents.1
Document Copy Text Source: George C. Marshall Papers, Illinois National Guard, George C. Marshall Research Library, Lexington, Virginia.
Document Format: Typed memorandum.
1. No reply to this memorandum was found in the Marshall papers.
Recommended Citation: The Papers of George Catlett Marshall, ed. Larry I. Bland and Sharon Ritenour Stevens (Lexington, Va.: The George C. Marshall Foundation, 1981- ). Electronic version based on The Papers of George Catlett Marshall, vol. 1, “The Soldierly Spirit,” December 1880-June 1939 (Baltimore and London: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1981), p. 455.