To the Editor of the Crimson:
In regard to your article, "Student Guardsmen Get Quick Promotions Now," I would like to make a few remarks.
If the editors feel that there is some value to be obtained from enlistment in a National Guard Unit, it seems to me that the tone of the article is rather poor. If, on the other hand, the story was used as a filler, I shall merely apologize to Colonel Hall of the First Corps Cadets for wasting his time.
First of all the National Guard is a supplement to our regular army. The equipment is provided by the government and the training is prescribed by the War Department.
The training in the First Corps Cadets, an Anti-Aircraft Coast Artillery Regiment, prepares a man for a commission in one of the most inodern branches of the service. The equipment is the very latest issued. (For a better picture of the equipment and training, I refer those interested to an article, "Can They Bomb Us" by Fletcher Pratt which appeared in the Saturday Evening Post of December 2nd.)
Your article did mention the requirements to be met at enlistment and the fact that out of state men can enlist for the fundamental training. In regard to advancement, you presented a far too rosy picture of "grabbing off commissions."
It would be a sorry student who joined with the idea that he, as a "Harvard man," had few if any obstacles in his way. I seriously doubt that he could last for three drills. On the other hand, a man with the ability to be at Harvard has that ability in his favor when coming up before the examination board.
I do not advocate a great militaristic movement, but do feel that those men interested in the present situation would gain much through service in the Guard. They, as Harvard men, would be getting into an organization which has, more than once, stood for things above and beyond Harvard. William F. Murray '41. President of the Caisson Club.
(Ed. Note: The Caisson Club is an organization composed of undergraduates who are taking Military Science.)