Soldiers of the Old Army (Texas a & M University Military by Victor Vogel

By Victor Vogel

Between the 2 global wars, the USA military used to be "a institution, an athletic membership, an orphans' domestic, and a boys' camp." That description of Victor Vogel's "Old Army," within which he enlisted as a personal in 1934, provides a small trace at how out of date the military used to be in an age of isolationism and meager congressional appropriations.

within the pre-World conflict II military, cavalry troops have been nonetheless fastened, horses pulled artillery carriages, and mules hauled provide wagons. the warriors' easy weapon used to be the Springfield rifle, which used to be nearly an enemy itself because the males realized to struggle its vicious balk. The beginning pay for a personal used to be twenty-one money, and among 1922 and 1942 that sum didn't elevate, nor did base pay for males of any rank, and promotions have been few and much among. The all-volunteer military served their state as expert infantrymen for purposes of patriotism or experience or maybe economics, seeing that per month pay of twenty-one funds used to be to a few males higher than not anything and higher than charity. Many males reenlisted time and time again.

even if a personal used to be stationed in Texas or New Jersey for his three-year hitch, he first had uncomplicated education, the size of which diversified in accordance with how lengthy it took him to grasp the basic abilities of the infantryman. If an enlisted guy grew bored with the disciplined existence during which he had no accountability other than to persist with simple orders, he may buy an honorable discharge. If he couldn't get a hold of the money, he may well move AWOL, and after 90 days the military might easily eliminate him from the rolls with a court-martial in absentia and a dishonorable discharge.

In easy, undemanding chapters Vogel describes a number of the facets of regimen responsibility he skilled as an enlisted guy of corporation A, ninth Infantry Regiment. Stationed in Texas, the place the biggest variety of outdated military troops have been targeted, Vogel went on education workouts in addition to searching journeys within the Hill nation surrounding castle Sam Houston. On those box workouts he encountered the northers, toad stranglers, rattlesnakes, and cactus that have been new to a Missouri small-town boy.

Vogel's vignette of the way he came across the draft, which beaten the previous military with its sheer numbers, and fought eu battles in contrast to these his education had expected, deliver the outdated military and the hot military into sharp contrast.

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Pvt. Bill Maitland, writing about this event for the 2d Division newspaper, the Indianhead, reported that men of the Page 26 3d Brigade spent three days in the rain chasing through the cactus and mesquite like hounds after jackrabbits. General Ovenshine did not see the humor in this journalism and called Maitland to his office. After explaining the purpose of field maneuvers and why this training should not be taken lightly, the general terminated Bill's career as a reporter. Still, Bill had a pointwe did spend a lot of time chasing across Texas.

The flaw in this theory was obviousno real friend would give testimony that would send a comrade to the guardhouse. Pvt. Bill Shafer, Headquarters Company, 3d Infantry Brigade, with three enlistments and plenty of experience to qualify him as an expert on sobriety, had an opinion that made sense. " In addition to training routine, each man would pull a tour of guard duty several times each month. The guard would be divided into three reliefs, each of which was on two hours and off four, alternately walking post and sleeping in the guardhouse.

Within the bull's-eye was another circle, the V-ring, half the diameter of the bull, and an expert rifleman was expected to put at least half his shots in the smaller area. But the sporting test came at two hundred yards, firing offhand at an eight-inch bull's-eye. A record course was ten shots, with no time limit, although five minutes was ample and experienced shooters fired faster, using a rhythmic cadence that grouped the hits within a small area. It was the trigger squeeze that separated the squirrel hunters from the scattergun shooters.

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