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Although the War Department has decided not to carry out the plan of embarking students on battleships this summer, two military camps will be established, one at Gettysburg National Park, from July 7 to August 29, inclusive, and the other at the Presidio of Monterey, California, from July 1 to August 29 inclusive. Their object is to increase the present inadequate personnel of the trained military reserve of the United States by a class of men from whom, in time of a national emergency, a large proportion of the commissioned officers may be drawn. Aside from this, the camps will give a healthy, out of door life for the summer vacation at low expense. The habits of discipline, obedience, command, self-control, order, and personal hygiene formed, the interest of the localities, the mutual benefit, received by intimately mixing with students of other colleges, and the opportunity for athletic work would all commend the plan.
Requirements and Announcements
The requirements may be summarized as follows:
All students over seventeen years of age and physically qualified who volunteer will be allowed to participate in the instruction under certain provisions. Their attendance at camp must be for the entire period unless complied by actual necessity to leave. They must submit to the rules and regulations of military discipline. They must bear the expenses of transportation to and from camp the cost of uniforms--two pairs of breeches, kaki, hat, leggins, shirt (about $7.66 per man)--and subsistence (about $1.75 per week). The government supplies free of charge, cots, blankets, tentage, cooking outfits, a complete infantry equipment for each man, ordinance property, such other articles as may be found necessary, and instruction, organization, and sanitation.
The instruction and military exercises will be confined as far as is practicable to the morning, taking on the average about four hours a day. This will be real military work including camping, marching, instruction in military policy, and shooting practice on a target range. The afternoons and evenings will generally be at the students' disposal.
The government will endeavor to secure reduced rates on the railroads for those going to the camps. Men wishing to attend should send their names at once to A. J. Lowrey '13, Holworthy 5.
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