Captain C. E. Russell, of the United States Signal Corps, who has been detailed by the Eastern Department to recruit a reserve battalion of the signal corps, will speak in the Cruft Laboratory Holmes Field, tonight at 8 o'clock. His subject will be the nature of signal corps field work, and he will also explain the details of the battalion he is forming. After the talk plans will be discussed for radio instruction for those who intend to join either the Naval Reserve or the Signal Corps Reserve and are not yet up to the requirements of 15 words per minute. Professor G. W. Pierce, director of the Cruft High-Tension Electrical Laboratory, expects to be able to provide ample facilities for giving instruction to this class of men.
The Signal Enlisted Reserve Corps is one of the best branches of the service for men to enter, for in rank it stands next to the Engineer Corps, and its work is most necessary to the nation in time of war. The requirements for commissions in this reserve are very high, but the only requirements for the noncommissioned ranks are that the applicant be a citizen of the United States between the age of 18 and 45 years. When the army is fighting the field battalion works at the absolute front and maintains communication with every unit, post, and detachment. The methods of signaling employed are the radio, the buzzer, the telegraph, and visual signaling.
The meeting tonight is open to all members of the University and of Technology who are interested in radio work, or who are considering the Signal Officers' Reserve Corps as a means of serving the country. It will be of particular interest to the men under 21 who are not qualified for army commissions.