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V. The Finished Key

A Bill to promote the efficiency of the armed naval forces of the United States Of America and to establish a naval reserve, and for other purposes:

Be it enacted, etc., That from and after the passage of this act the total authorized, enlisted strength of the Navy of the United States shall be one hundred thousand men.

That there be, and is hereby established the naval reserve, the total authorized, enlisted strength of which shall be three hundred thousand men, divided into the active reserve and the reserve. The active reserve shall consist of fifty thousand men and the term of service therein shall be six months. The reserve shall consist of two hundred and fifty thousand men who have completed their service in the active reserve, such service having terminated in an honorable or an ordinary discharge. The period of service in the reserve shall be two and one-half years. The active reserve shall consist of two classes annually, which shall be mobilized on April 1 and October 1, respectively. Each class shall consist of men who have attained their eighteenth birthday during the six months preceding date of mobilization, and shall be chosen from the semi-annual draft under the Universal Service Act.

The men of the active reserve shall, while in service, receive pay at the rate of twenty dollars and ninety cents per month, and shall be furnished with a clothing outfit consisting of one clothes bag, two suits blue uniform, three suits white uniform, four suits underwear, four pairs socks, one neckerchief, one blue cap, two white hats, one jersey and one overcoat, and a further outfit of one hammock, one mattress, two mattress-covers and two blankets. Upon discharge, the overcoat, hammock, mattress, mattresscovers and blankets shall be returned, but the balance of the clothing outfit shall be retained by the man himself, and he shall be responsible for its preservation during his term of service in the reserve.

The men of the reserve shall receive no pay during such service unless called to active duty. They shall be required to keep the Navy Department accurately informed of their whereabouts and are subject to call into active service at any time during their reserve service of two and one-half years, at the discretion of the President of the United States. At the termination of service in the reserve all clothing furnished by the Navy will be returned to such depots as may be prescribed by the Secretary of the Navy for renovation and reissue. Any damage to such clothing other than reasonable-wear and tear or such as can be shown to have been incurred without blame to the man concerned shall become a debt to the United States, and in the sum necessary to repair or replace such damaged clothing, and the Secretary of the Navy shall notify the proper officials at the residence of the man concerned in order that such amount may be added to the next levy of taxes. Charges of returning clothing outfits to receiving depots shall be borne by the Navy, under the appropriation Pay, MisCellaneous.

Be it further enacted. That the total authorized, enlisted strength of the Marine Corps shall be fifteen thousand men.

That there be, and is hereby established the marine corps reserve, the total authorized, enlisted strength of which shall be forty-five thousand men, divided into the active reserve and the reserve. The active reserve shall consist of seven thousand, five hundred men and the term of service therein shall be six months. The reserve shall consist of thirty-seven thousand five hundred men who have completed their service in the active reserve, such service having terminated in an honorable or an ordinary discharge. The period of service in the reserve shall be two and one-half years. The active reserve shall consist of two classes annually, which shall be mobilized on April i and October i, respectively. Each class shall consist of men who have attained their eighteenth birthday during the six months preceding date of mobilization, and shall be chosen from the semi-annual draft under the Universal Service Act.

The men of the active reserve shall while in service receive the pay and allowances of a private in the marine corps.

The men of the reserve shall receive no pay during such service unless called to active duty. They shall be required to keep the Navy Department accurately informed of their whereabouts, and are subject to call into active service at any time during their reserve service of two and one-half years, at the discretion of the President of the United States.

Be it further enacted, That there be and is hereby established the naval flying; corps the total authorized enlisted strength of which shall be three thousand men.

That there be and is hereby established the naval flying corps reserve, the total authorized, enlisted strength of which shall be nine thousand men, divided into the active reserve and the reserve. The active reserve shall consist of one thousand five hundred men and the term of service therein shall be six months. The reserve shall consist of seven thousand five hundred men who have completed their service in the active reserve, such service having terminated in an honorable or an ordinary discharge. The active reserve shall be of two classes annually, which shall be mobilized on April I and October I, respectively, and shall be chosen from the semi-annual draft under the Universal Service Act.

The pay and allowances of the men of the naval flying corps and the naval flying corps reserve shall be the same as those now in force or which may be hereafter established for men of similar ratings in the Navy and the naval reserve, and the men of the naval flying corps and naval flying corps reserve shall be subject to the same regulations as the men of the navy and the naval reserve.

Be it further enacted. That the Secretary of the Navy is hereby empowered to admit for instruction during the three summer months such men as have terminated their service in the active reserve of the Navv, MARINE Corps or Naval Flying Corps with an honorable discharge, to the Naval Academy, Annapolis, the school of application, marine corps, or the flying schools, subject to such educational, physical and moral requirements as the Secretary of the Navy may prescribe.

That men who have satisfactorily completed one such course of three months in the Naval Academy or the flying schools will be rated as eligible in time of war to warrant rank in the line of the course completed, and will be added to the reserve officers' list, and will remain thus subject to call into service at the discretion of the President of the United States for a period of five years from the termination of said courses of study.

That men who have satisfactorily completed two courses of three months each at the Naval Academy, the flying schools or reserve service of two and one-half years, at the discretion of the President of the United States. At the termination of service in the reserve all clothing furnished by the Navy will he returned to such depots as may be prescribed by the Secretary of the Navy for renovation and reissue. Any damage to such clothing other than reasonable-wear and tear or such as can be shown to have been incurred without blame to the man concerned shall become a debt to the United States, and in the sum necessary to repair or replace such damaged clothing, and the Secretary of the Navy shall notify the proper officials at the residence of the man concerned in order that such amount may be added to the next levy of taxes. Charges of returning clothing outfits to receiving depots shall be borne by the Navy, under the appropriation Pay, MisCellaneous.

Be it further enacted, That the total authorized, enlisted strength of the Marine Corps shall be fifteen thousand men.

That there be, and is hereby established the marine corps reserve, the total authorized, enlisted strength of which shall be forty-five thousand men, divided into the active reserve and the reserve. The active reserve shall consist of seven thousand, five hundred men and the term of service therein shall be six months. The reserve shall consist of thirty-seven thousand five hundred men who have completed their service in the active reserve, such service having terminated in an honorable or an ordinary discharge. The period of service in the reserve shall be two and one-half years. The active reserve shall consist of two classes annually, which shall be mobilized on April J and October I, respectively. Each class shall consist of men who have attained their eighteenth birthday during the six months preceding date of mobilization, and shall be chosen from the semi-annual draft under the Universal Service Act.

The men of the active reserve shall while in service receive the pay and allowances of a private in the marine corps.

The men of the reserve shall receive no pay during such service unless called to active duty. They shall be required to keep the Navy Department accurately informed of their whereabouts, and are subject to call into active service at any time during their reserve service of two and one-half years, at the discretion of the President of the United States.

Be it further enacted, That there be and is hereby established the naval flying corps the total authorized enlisted strength of which shall be three thousand men.

That there be and is herein established the naval flying corps reserve, the total authorized, enlisted strength of which shall be nine thousand men, divided into the active reserve and the reserve. The active reserve shall consist of one thousand five hundred men and the term of service therein shall be six months. The reserve shall consist of seven thousand five hundred men who have completed their service in the active reserve, such service having terminated in an honorable or an ordinary discharge. The active reserve shall be of two classes annually, which shall be mobilized on April 1 and October 1. respectively, and shall be chosen from the semi-annual draft under the Universal Service Act.

The pay and allowances of the men of the naval flying corps and the naval flying corps reserve shall be the same as those now in force or which may be hereafter established for men of similar ratings in the Navy and the naval reserve, and the men of the naval flying corps and naval flying corps reserve shall be subject to the same regulations as the men of the navy and the naval reserve.

Be it further enacted. That the Secretary of the Navy is herebv empowered to admit for instruction during the three summer months such men as have terminated their service in the active reserve of the Navy, Marine Corps or Naval Flying Corps with an honorable discharge, to the Xaval Academy, Annapolis, the school of application, marine corps, or the flying schools, subject to such educational, physical and moral requirements as the Secretary of the Navy may prescribe.

That men who have satisfactorily completed one such course of three months in the Xaval Academy or the flying schools will be rated as eligible in time of war to warrant rank in the line of the course completed, and will be added to the reserve officers' list, and will remain thus subject to call into service at the discretion of the President of the United States for a period of five years from the termination of said courses of study.

That men who have satisfactorily completed two courses of three months each at the Naval Academy, the flying schools or

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