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Fashions for Future Civilians — See Page 2 Medics Lose First Game — See Page 3 ‘ t : VOL 3, NO. 16 Issued Weekly et Camp Shanks, N. Y. Friday, August 24, 1945 ARMY TACKLES DEMOBILIZATION llplftlians To Take Gl Jobs r\ cM3.tr The War Department 'has an ­ nounced that civilian personnel will be used ta the maximum extent after the defeat of Japan to re ­ place officers and- enlisted men in Army installations throughout the country. The purpose of this policy is to facilitate the rapid demobilization of military personnel and to in ­ sure that those remaining in the Army will be used exclusively for military duties-,, such as occupation of enemy' territory and other tasks essential to effective national de ­ fense. Under the War .Department pol ­ icy, the assignment of military personnel will be restricted to func ­ tions which require military skills or which, for training, security or disciplinary reasons must be per ­ formed by officers or soldiers. Will Help Get Men Out This means that thousands of Jtohs that might be filled by officers and enlisted men., including many administrative and executive posi ­ tions, will be performed by civil ­ ians in the War Department, the various Commands and Services, arsenals and kindred installations, and at posts, camps and stations. Jobs which civilians are already performing include such profes ­ sional classifications as engineers, scientists, architects and manage ment experts and on down the line through skilled, semi-skilled and unskilled labor. Pearl River Pearls Plan Vitamin Hop Calling all GIs ... . Did you ever dance with a dream, huh? Well, Bub, prepare yourself for a romantic night in an embraceable setting at the Tap- pan USO tomorrow night, Satur ­ day,' August 25, tendered by those effervescent loveties, the “ Ledcrle Vitamin Girls. ” These hand-picked pearls from Pearl River, are going all out to make this affair a memorable one for the enlisted men of Camp Shanks. A tuneful orchestra that will make you tap in rhythm, and lots of delicious refreshments will be served guaranteeing a real good time. r -'-v mm m ' * POST SEES ITS FIRST FOUR STAR _ Full General Jacob D. IJevers, CG of the AGF slnpe his return from European battlefields, paid a surprise visit to Camp Shanks this Tuesday, saw plenty of his Ground Forces troops now stationed here' or debarking from ships at Plermoiit. The General Is shown at left above with Brig. Gen. Joseph B. Sweet, Ass ’ t G-l, AGF, and Col. Harrle D. W. Riley, CO of Camp Shanks. Volunteers Sought For Regular Army .First steps toward building the greatest peace-time Army in Amer ­ ican history have been taken by the War Department which an ­ nounced this week that it is ac ­ cepting enlistments in the Regular Army for a period of three years. The authoritative Army & Navy Journal also stated this week that ” a call for all officers interested in obtaining commissions In the post ­ war Army will be issued shortly in the form of a circular. Inducements in the form of fur ­ loughs up to 90. days and a re ­ enlistment bonus are offered en ­ listed men interested jn making the Army, a career or for at least three more years. Individuals now' in the AUS who enlist in the Regular Army will be discharged and granted furloughs up to 90 days. All will be eligible for reenlistment bonus dependent upon the grade at the time of discharge and upon length of continuous service. Keep Grade of Discharge More important to those consid- Debarkation at Piermont Relieves Railroad Load Utilization of Camp Shank's his ­ toric Piermont Pier in the debar ­ kation of troops contributed ma ­ terially toward easing the tight railroad situation during July and early* August, statistics kept by the Transportation Office showed today. ‘ ’ Sixteen transports, carying 45,48-1 troops from Europe, sailed direct ­ ly up the Hudson River to anchor off Piermont. The men then pro ­ ceeded by harbor boat and motor directly to Camp Shanks. Twenty- four hours later, after steak din ­ ners and phone calls home, the happy returnees were on their way to reception stations near their homes for 30-day furloughs, Major Charles K. Lord, Chief of the Post Transportation Division, declared that this direct method of bringing troops to this sprawling staging center saved the use of 56 engines and 685 railroad passenger coaches.- as well as the crews nec ­ essary to man the trains. Prior to the utilization qf Piermont Pier, all troops were debarked at New York and Staten Island piera and transported by train and motor to Camp Shanks. Used 184 Trucks Approximately 3,250 truck-trips were made to transport the troops from the Pier and another 1,000 truck-trips for the hauling of their baggage. All the trips were made by 184 trucks, driven by soldiers stationed at Camp Shanks. Built in 1832 by the Erie Rail ­ road at the point where Henry Hudson made his first landing <n the New World, Piermont Pier fell into gradual disuse at- the turn of the century after tnc Erie won its fight to enter New Jersey and moved its terminus to Jersey City. It was taken over in 1942 by the Army to provide the proposed new Camp Shanks with another means of getting men bound for Europe to shipside in the New York Port of Embarkation- ering enlistment is that they will hold the grade in which they were at the time of discharge. This pro- visionapplies as well to men who have been discharged honorably al ­ ready If they apply within three months of the date of their dis ­ charge. Individuals without previous serv- ive and those who have been out of service for more than three months may enlist by volunteering for induction and will be in the Regular Army. No information is yet available as to the number of officers that may be given- commissions nor the manner in which'their permanent grades will be determined. No of ­ ficer will be appointed in a grade higher than that which he held in war time. Legislation will be required be ­ fore the War Department can establish a policy but in the mean ­ time it will seek an indication of interest which will be submitted to the immediate commanding of ­ ficer of the officer concerned; A regular form \Statement of Inter ­ est ” has been prepared and will require an Indorsement from the CO recommending appointment to the Regular Army. 85 Pointers Leave; GIs Over 38 Next % By cpl . E ddie cohen b The dancing in the stheets is over and the nation, happily surprised by the sudden end of the,war, this week faced the sober prospect of reconversion — converting men and ma­ chines to peacetime activities. Demobilization of the 11,000,000 men and women in the armed services, bound inextricably to the social and economic life of. the nation, ^ ranged ••'1 V.v. V'- 44- Hr. Week In Effect For GIs, Civilians The Camp Shanks work week was slashed to 44 hours in an order effective last Saturday. Both mili ­ tary and civilian personnel are af ­ fected by the change. The SVfc-day tour of duty will con ­ sist of eight hours per day, Mon ­ day through Friday, and four' hours on Saturday. Satuz-day after ­ noon will be treated in the same manner as Sunday with regard to maintaining office staffs. Military personnel required for wozk during the normal off-duty period of Saturday afternoon and Sunday will be permitted a like onl y clearance from the discharge « j f ±s ^ e* .1.. _ _ __ JT period of time off during the wozk week, when practicable. The red-uction in hours amounts to a wage«cut for civilian employees who will, however, continue to re ­ ceive time and one half for the four hours on Saturday and all other time in excess of 40 hours a week. Sunday duty, if Required, will continue to be handled as here ­ tofore. To Clothe Needy Army clothing unserviceable and beyond repair for further military use is being reconditioned to the fullest possible extent for distribu ­ tion to needy civilians in liberated areas, in Europe and the Pacific, the War Department announced this week. alongside the task of turning factories back to normal puisiiits as a, major problem for all the people,, and was the. first thought of every GI anxious to re ­ turn to civilian life. Out of the confusion of state ­ ments and rumors of the .past week two definite policies were evolved affecting every soldier: men with 85 points were to be re ­ leased immediately and those who reached their 38th birthday would be discharged not 1 later than DO days from, application for such re ­ lease High Point Men Out As this issue went, to press, most of the 307 enlisted men with 85 points of more in Camp Shanks - were on their way to Separation Centers where they-were to. j>e dis- chaz-ged. The remainder had been processed by a h^rd-working En ­ listed Records SectTon, awaiting ~tL centers. , ■ ' V.'JLiSte* The decision to release men over 38 years of age, if thejy request it. Was announced officially this week. Division and Branch chiefs have been instructed to accept applica ­ tions of the 283 EM In Camp Shanks affected, ahd to specify in their indorsements whether or not a replacement will be necessary. In the event a z-eplacement is re ­ quired, the individual znay be re ­ tained for not longer than 90 days. A directive of the War Depazt- meht, dated Aug. 15, points out that “ all officials will combzzt nat ­ ural tendencies to continue aqtivi- titT$fef4S«fhand services azid retain personnel, supplies, equipment or facTTflit* which are not clearly nec ­ essary to the announced mission (Continued on Cage Four) Post-War Bars How zibout It, Lieutenant? Want a commission In the Regular Army? Circular 243, dated Aug. 10, 1945, gives full information ou how to express 'ybttr desire to carry on with a coutnussion. Until appropriate legislation Is passed by Congress, the War De ­ partment cannot announce the conditions which will govern selection ol these officers oz; the number required. However, it is desired that officers who have served In the emergency, whether or not they are still on aetlve duty, be given the opportunity to indicate their interest In ob ­ taining a Regular Army com ­ mission. Such indication of Interest is to.he submitted on a form fully explained in Circular 248. WHAT PRICE GLORY? The Tappan USO let down their strict rules the day the Japs threw in the towel so the Camp Shanks me.t took quick advantage of the relaxed regulations as you can easily see. The couple in the clinch will remain as a top drawer USO secret. The S/Sgt. with the angelic look on his face waiting h s turn is Bill Flcken of Operations, T/8gt. George Zoboli, Ord. Det. looks, on hopefully hoping that the guy In the clinch will let; go. (I*. 5. It all took just one second.) 5 I -- ' rv- i iamrttihhui'iii \l

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