Vol. III No. 49 Delhi, Thursday, August 9, 1945 Reg. No. L5015
‘MORALE BOOSTER NO. 1’
Lovely actress Angela Greene strikes up one of her best morale-boosting poses for the boys of the 758th Railway Shop Battalion of the
I-B Theater, who recently named her "Morale Booster No. 1." See what they mean?
85 Point Level
Roundup Staff Article
The War Department announ- ced this week that the "interim score" of 85 points or better for discharge eligibility will
temporarily remain unchanged, pending release of an estimated 800,000 men who are non-essential.
Secretary of War Henry L. Stimson stated that the "85 score" will be revised at a later date to allow release of
700,000 additional personnel.
He said 235,000 men already have been discharged since May 12.
Stimson stated that the War Department plans to discharge an estimated 2,000,000 men and women by June 1, 1946.
The secretary of War broke the figures down into the following categories:
(1) Non-essential men with 85 points or better, whose number will total 800,000 (This includes approximately 5,000 WAC's
whose score remains at 44).
(2) Discharges for illness or other reasons not connected with the point score: 500,000 (This is expected to include
approximately 6,000 WAC's whose husbands have returned to civilian life).
(3) Discharges under the "newly-computed" score, which, according to United Press, will be announced soon after
the first of the year; 700,000. This "newly-computed" score will give credit for points earned after May 12.
The War Department stated that no critical score will be announced for officers, but estimated that 100,000 will be
discharged by June 1 of next year.
Individual scores for officers will also be re-computed to include credits earned after May 12.
Stimson stated the Army will continue to give consideration to length of service overseas and hazardous duty but warned that the element
of military necessity will play a much greater part in their case than in that of enlisted men.
AIR CORPS STATUS
There was no indication as to whether the "newly-computed" score will remain the same for the Air Corps as for the Ground
and Service Forces.
It had previously been stated that the Air Corps would have a different "critical" score than the Ground and Service Forces.
On behalf of the Air Corps, Maj. Gen. Frederick L. Anderson revealed in a special radio broadcast that 80 percent of the
officers and enlisted men of the USAAF who served in the ETO and the Mediterranean areas will be assigned duty in the U.S.
He said that men who have not yet seen combat overseas will be the principal source of personnel for expanded operations of the AAF in the Pacific.
Anderson refuted speculation that the AAF faces a "smaller job" than before the surrender of Germany and, accordingly,
will discharge large numbers of men.
He pointed out the strength of the AAF on V-E Day was 2,300,000 for a two-front war and stated the AAF will still need 2,130,000 against Japan.
Stimson promised that status will remain unaffected for eligible men with 85 points or better who have not been discharged by the
time the "newly-computed" score is announced.
Pointing out that the 2,000,000 discharge figure was the maximum that could be released on the basis of discussion with Gen.
Douglas MacArthur, Stimson stated that discharge of veteran soldiers in this manner is unprecedented in wartime.
"Only in a free country such as the U.S. would the Army give such consideration to the individual and his welfare in time of war,"
the Secretary of War declared.