The Harvard Regiment Reviewed.


The Harvard Regiment welcomed this morning its opportunity to present arms to the Secretary of War. Organization and reorganization this corps has undergone, each time that a way has partly opened for those who were its members to enter the nation's regular services. Appearing first in the winter of 1915 as the spontaneous full-sweeping effort of Harvard undergraduates to get what training they could at a time when official opportunities for military instruction were at a minimum, the regiment at Cambridge early became a rallying point for the spirit of national service in colleges throughout the East. Improving in discipline and in effectiveness, it received during the following year, as a merited boon, the able corps of French officers who came to supplement and reinform the instruction already being provided by competent American officers. So prepared, many of its members were gladly received at the first regular Plattsburg officers' training camps opened this spring. Others in great number, with recruits from the other colleges and from all walks of life, enlisted for the intensive period of summer training which was not permitted to lead to commissions directly, but which again sent a long list of unusually well prepared men to the second Plattsburgs. In the closing weeks of the summer, the Harvard organization, its ideals, its French instructors, and its equipment provided foundation for that great school of "The Iron Battalion" in which men from training camps throughout the country participated to their lasting profit.

All this the parent stock of the Har- vard Regiment has contributed to the nation's service, and still it remains a hardy growth. In bringing each of its contributions to their maturity, it has gained, for its future direction and work, a corresponding sum of experience. The element of preserved continuity proved its value again this autumn when the officers in charge of the regiment faced a fresh task, after many of their "veterans" had been called to the colors, and when hundreds of entering freshmen had come up for training. The work of organization and training advanced with despatch and efficiency, as it well could, with experience as it had at command and with such a corps of instructors. Eleven hundred students, nearly the half of all Harvard's enrollment, have joined the regiment's ranks. Today, when they greeted the Secretary of War, they were already prepared to pass before him not alone in the polite ritual of the formal reviewing drill, but to enact for him, on the manoeuvre ground at Fresh Pond illustrations of the actual tactics employed in battle as battles are fought today on the West front. It is even probable that the review enjoyed the distinction of being the first yet shown Mr. Baker in which the lately revised American company organization has been used not merely for the call of the roster and for close-order drill but also as basis for the deployment and actual tactics of troops on the battlefield. The Harvard Regiment continues, and it continues progressive.  --Boston Transcript.