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To Major General Campbell King
September 5, 1940 [Washington, D.C.]
I have just this moment read your letter of September 2d, with the query regarding your nephew Mitchell, and his desire to enter an Officer’s Training Camp.1 At the present time, there are no prospects of an Officer’s Training Camp. We have more than enough Reserve Officers, products of the ROTC since 1920, to fill the requirements of an army of more than one million men—as a matter of fact, the first assignments for two million, but not the replacements.
The first step toward the commissioning of additional men other than out of the ROTC will, according to present plans of the War Department, be Candidate Schools—at Benning, Sill, Riley, etc., the men selected from the ranks. I do not know that there will be any more Officer’s Training Camps of the old type. In the first place, it is impossible to put into three months what an ROTC graduate gets in four years, including a six months’ camp; and in the next place, the whole Reserve Corps is aligned against such procedure. Tremendous pressure is brought on the War Department from both directions, and particularly from the sons of very prominent people who had hitherto taken no interest in national defense. It is a very difficult thing to handle.
A couple of weeks ago I went around the United States within a few days, and after returning to Washington for a few days, had to fly out to the maneuvers in Wisconsin; yesterday I flew to Boston.
Katherine got back from Maine for the Labor Day week-end and is with me now. Molly got back as far as New York. I will give them your message.
With my love to you both,
Document Copy Text Source: George C. Marshall Papers, Pentagon Office Collection, Selected Materials, George C. Marshall Research Library, Lexington, Virginia.
Document Format: Typed letter.
1. King had retired from the army in 1933 and was living in North Carolina. He had written to ask “if any provision now exists for accepting volunteer candidates for Officers Training Camps or what future plans the War Department has for this purpose.” (King to Marshall, September 2, 1940, GCMRL/G. C. Marshall Papers [Pentagon Office, General].)
Recommended Citation: ThePapers 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. 298-299.