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FORM 999

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WASHINGTON
GOVERNMENT PRINTING OFFICE

1917

FOREWORD.

Tas Wank HSE.

einen The task of selen Brest econgeat of the National Artis P.00. The art and seeursey of its secours de sa Datang den station of the efficieney of or e-tros Teswires with which the machinery 13 ez-lid ja be assembled, however, left room for sittmedi 2O TEDC1. Sex Regulations putting these improTecatei are transfure, being published to-day. There is mean99 de Septial tëzaten of men subjeet to selection. The Esstist pst stare unaiie ted by the provisions of the ner Regulations Tran be given to retroactive effect.

The time tas e ice for a crore perteet organization of our man power. The seleccise precizle must be earried to its logical conclusion. We must maze a srplete inventory of the qualifications of all registrants in order to determine, as to each man not already selected for duty with the colors, the place in the military, industrial or agricultural ranks of the nation in which his experience and training can best be made to serve the common good. This project involves an inquiry by the Selection Boards into the domestie, industrial and educational qualifications of nearly ten million men.

Jíembers of these Boards hare rendered a conspicuous service, The work was done without regard to personal convenience and under a pressure of immediate necessity which imposed great sacrifices, Yet the services of men trained by the experience of the first draft must of necessity be retained and the Selection Boards must provide the directing mechanism for the new classification. The thing they have done is of scarcely one-tenth the magnitude of the thing that remains to be done. It is of great importance both to our military and to our economic interests that the classification be carried swiftly and accurately to a conclusion. An estimate of the time necessary for the work leads to the conclusion that it can be accomplished in sixty days; but only if this great marshalling of our resources of men is regarded by all as a national war undertaking of such significance as to challenge the attention and compel the assistance of every American.

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