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Officers Reserver Corps

Military Handbooks: The Plattsburg Manual

To make it possible to fill the gaps made in the Regular Army, by the

heavy loss of commissioned officers which is inevitable in time of war

and to make it possible to train large volunteer armies which are called

into existence when war is imminent or actually upon the country, the

Government has provided for an Officers' Reserve Corps.

It is, indeed, a patriotic and far-sighted act on the part of a citizen

/> to become a reserve officer, for, by so doing, he will increase his

measure of usefulness for the time when his country will need him most

and when he will, if he is a real, virile man, desire to be of the

utmost service to his country.

The President alone is authorized to appoint officers in the Reserve

Corps. Each officer must be physically, mentally, and morally qualified

to hold his commission. The highest rank in the reserve corps will be

that of major.

Age limits for appointment in the line of the Reserve Corps:

2nd Lieutenants must be under 32 years of age.

1st Lieutenants must be under 36 years of age.

Captains must be under 40 years of age.

Majors must be under 45 years of age.

Any citizen who thinks that he has the necessary qualifications and

desires to become a reserve officer should apply to the Commanding

General of the Department wherein he resides for an application blank

and all information pertaining thereto.

You must undergo a course of training in camp. We advise you in the

strongest terms to go to camp as soon as possible. There are no short

cuts in the military business. The most efficient instruction under the

most ideal conditions with the most competent officers, will be found

only in camp.