Congressional Edition Volume 6129

Congressional Edition Volume 6129

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1912 edition. Excerpt: ...similar to those that are held in some quarters nowadays as to the undesirability of retaining old soldiers in service, and as to the desirability of turning back into the civil population the largest possible number of men with military training. However, this legislation met with a storm of protest from the Army, and, as will be seen by reference to Senate Report No. 151, Fifty-third Congress, second session, was condemned by the Secretary of War, and by Maj. Gen. Schofield, commanding the Army; Adj. Gen. Drum, Gens'. Howard and Miles, and many other experienced and distinguished officers of the Army. The result of all this was that this legislation of February 27, 1893, was repealed by the act of August 1, 1894, which definitely fixed the term of enlistment at three years, and which not only repealed the exceedingly objectionable provision, enacted during the previous year, that prohibited the reenlistment of any private who had served over 10 years or who was over 35 years of age, except such as had already served for 20 years or more, but it also repealed the equally objectionable provision of the act of June 16, 1890, that enabled enlisted men, at the end of three years' service, to demand furloughs and subsequent dischargee. On reading the Senate report with regard to this last measure, and especially the documents accompanying the report, it will become apparent that the officers who declared themselves in favor of a three-year term of enlistment did so not because they regarded a straight three-year term as better than a straight five-year term, but because they hoped by the adoption of the straight three-year term to escape from the evil effects of the acts of June I6j 1890, and August 1, 1894, which had virtually created a more

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  • Paperback | 280 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 15mm | 503g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236498771
  • 9781236498779