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Memorandum for the Secretary of War
September 22, 1939 [Washington, D.C.]
With reference to the recruiting situation: On September 14th, recruiting for the Regular Army, under the Air Corps augmentation program, and that of the Panama garrison, to include the speeding up by 6,000 men for the Air Corps, was over 50% complete with one corps area still to be heard from.
At the moment we have no data on the National Guard recruiting, as the formal instructions were only initiated in the past forty-eight hours.
Recruiting of CCC discharged enrollees, who under the regulations are not permitted to re-enroll, are to be issued today. There has been a delay in this in order to explain to Mr. Fechner what we are proposing to do.1
There should be on your desk now a request from The Adjutant General for authority to advertise in newspapers, as this requires your approval.
The outdoor advertising companies have offered for recruiting 15,000 bill-boards scattered throughout the country, for which the posters are now being made. The car card advertising companies have offered space in the busses, street-cars, and similar vehicles for recruiting. This has been accepted.
Transcribed radio programs are now in use. This is the first time this has been tried. The number of side-walk stations has been trebled, and new posters prepared for this purpose.
I think it might be a good thing for you to make some reference to the recruiting problem in your American Legion speech in Chicago next week. There is attached suggestions for this which I hope can be worked up in a form satisfactory to you.2
Document Copy Text Source: George C. Marshall Papers, Pentagon Office Collection, Selected Materials, George C. Marshall Research Library, Lexington, Virginia.
Document Format: Typed memorandum.
1. Robert Fechner had been director of the Civilian Conservation Corps since 1933.
2. The American Legion’s national convention in Chicago opened on September 25. Brigadier General Frank M. Andrews, assistant chief of staff for Operations, spoke in place of Secretary Woodring. The two-paragraph enclosure (no author indicated) explained the ground army’s recruiting problems and successes, and it concluded that the expansion “with the additional grades and ratings involved, and with the many opportunities for technical training concerned with the demands of mechanization, motorization, and the Air activities, offers splendid opportunities for young men.”
Recommended Citation: The Papers of George Catlett Marshall, ed. Larry I. Bland, Sharon Ritenour Stevens, and Clarence E. Wunderlin, Jr. (Lexington, Va.: The George C. Marshall Foundation, 1981- ). Electronic version based on The Papers of George Catlett Marshall, vol. 2, “We Cannot Delay,” July 1, 1939-December 6, 1941 (Baltimore and London: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1986), pp. 62-63.