THE MARINE CORP'S OFFER
The United States Marine Corp's appeal to college men to enlist for overseas service this summer is decidedly worth considering. It is practically the only way in which a student can hope to get to Europe this summer, and also offers at least a fair chance of returning to college in time for the fall term. However, there are several drawbacks to the scheme, which cannot be passed over without comment.
In the first place, although the Marine Corps promises with every good intention that all college students who enlist will be discharged immediately upon their return to this country in the fall, the process of discharge is necessarily slow, and, taken in addition to the recognized possibility of a return several weeks after college begins, might well play have with a successful fall term. Besides, small opportunity would be given for travel or the observation of general conditions overseas, except from the very limited viewpoint of the single village in which the enlisted student would probably be stationed for guard-duty. In addition to this, such scant faith is apparently placed by the High Command in the loyalty and integrity of the American soldier, that he is denied the right to hold the slightest communication with the conquered inhabitants of the area of occupation in Germany.
If, however, enlistment lags in such fashion that the Marine authorities see fit to issue a second appeal, the whole matter assumes a different aspect. It then becomes no less than a duty for college men, especially such as would otherwise spend, a comparatively useless summer in white flannels at the seashore, to look up the Marine recruiting Sergeant on Tremont Row, opp. Scollaly Square, and obtain, all further details with a view to signing up.