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Mr. ELLIOTT, from the Joint Committee on the Disposition of Execu

tive Papers, submitted the following

REPORT

The joint select committee of the Senate and House of Representatives appointed on the part of the Senate and House of Representatives, and acting in compliance with the provisions of the act approved July 7, 1943 (57 Stat. 380), respectfully reports to the Senate and House of Representatives that it has received and examined the report of the Archivist of the United States No. 45-17, dated December 15, 1944, to the Seventy-eighth Congress, second session, submitting the following lists or schedules, or parts of lists or schedules, covering records proposed for disposal by the Government agencies indicated:

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Your committee reports that the records proposed for disposal in the said lists or schedules, or parts of lists or schedules, reported by the Archivist of the United States do not, or will not after the lapse of the period specified, have sufficient administrative, legal, research, or other value to warrant their continued preservation by the Government and recommends that their disposal be accomplished, subject to the provisions of section 9 of the afore-mentioned act, in accordance with the regulations promulgated by the National Archives Council under the provisions of said act. Respectfully submitted to the Senate and House of Representatives.

A. J. ELLIOTT, Chairman,

B. W. GEARHART,
Members on the Part of the House.

ALBEN W. BARKLEY,

OWEN BREWSTER,
Members on the Part of the Senate.

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79TH CONGRESS | HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES 1st Session

FURTHER AMENDING SECTION 22 OF THE ACT PROVIDING FOR SUNDRY MATTERS AFFECTING THE NAVAL SERVICE

JANUARY 10, 1945.—Committed to the Committee of the Whole House on the

state of the Union and ordered to be printed

Mr. VINEON, from the Committee on Naval Affairs, submitted the

following

REPORT

[To accompany H. R. 621]

The Committee on Naval Affairs, to whom was referred the bill (H. R. 621) to further amend section 22 of the act approved March 4, 1925, entitled “An act providing for sundry matters affecting the naval service, and for other purposes," by changing the limitation on the total personnel of the Naval Reserve Officers' Training Corps, and for other purposes, having considered the same, report favorably thereon without amendment and recommend that the bill do pass.

The purpose of the bill is to increase the maximum authorized personnel of the Naval Reserve Officers' Training Corps, to 24,000 during the period ending 1 year after the cessation of hostilities in the present war as declared by the President or by concurrent resolution of Congress, and to 14,000 after such period. The existing statutory limitation contained in the act of March 4, 1925 (43 Stat. 1276), as amended (U. S. C. title 34, supp. III, sec. 821) limits to 7,200 the total personnel of the Naval Reserve Officers' Training Corps. The other amendment proposed by the bill is purely a technical one in the citation of the law and effects no substantive change.

The maximum of 7,200 students was fixed by Congress to reflect the officer-candidate needs of the Navy as constituted prior to the present war—a small Navy in contrast to the present one or to that which will operate in the period immediately following the war. Long-term planning for an expanded Naval Reserve Officers' Training Corps program is essential to serve the peacetime officer-replacement needs of the expanded post-war Navy.

It is believed that this expansion can best be accomplished by converting to the Naval Reserve Officers' Training Corps program the best facilities now in use by the V-12 program. This orderly conversion of facilities would proceed progressively as the V-12 program is curtailed. Under this expansion the trainee complements at present Naval Reserve Officers' Training Corps units would be increased and new Naval Reserve Officers' Training Corps units established at certain universities and colleges. Those institutions to receive new Naval Reserve Officers' Training Corps units have been selected and quotas set in relation both to wartime conditions and peacetime conditions, and fall into two classes:

(a) institutions with enrollments sufficiently large so that a peace-time Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps can be supported, and

(6) smaller colleges which have no commitments to the Army for Reserve Officers Training Corps units and which have been

enthusiastic and successful in administering the V-12 program. Therefore, the present legislation is needed in order to provide for orderly transition from the present emergency V-12 program and also to provide for officer requirements of the Navy after the conclusion of the V-12 program.

The committee has carefully considered the proposed legislation and the testimony of Navy witnesses thereon, and is of the opinion that enactment of the bill is necessary and desirable, and therefore recommends its enactment.

This bill is the same as one passed by the Senate late in the Seventyeighth Congress. It is similar to a proposal submitted by the Navy Department during the last Congress as a departmental measure.

The Navy Department's letter on the proposal submitted in this connection during the Seventy-eighth Congress is herewith made a part of this report:

NAVY DEPARTMENT,

Washington, November 20, 1944. Hon. Sam RAYBURN, Speaker of the House of Representatives,

Washington, D. C. MY DEAR MR. SPEAKER: There is transmitted herewith a draft of a proposed bill to further amend section 22 of the act approved March 4, 1925, entitled "An act providing for sundry matters affecting the navai service, and for other purposes” by removing the limitation on the total personnel of the Naval Reserve Officers' Training Corps, and for other purposes.

The purpose of the proposed legislation is to remove the present limitation on the total personnel of the Naval Reserve Officers' Training Corps to 7,200 students, contained in the act of March 4, 1925 (43 Stat. 1276), as amended (U. S. C., title 34, supp. III, sec. 821). This limitation is contained in the last proviso to the act of March 4, 1925, as amended by the act of September 11, 1940 (54 Stat. 884).

The maximum of 7,200 students was fixed by Congress to reflect the officercandidate needs of the Navy as constituted prior to the present war—a small Navy in contrast to the present one or to that which will operate in the period immediately following the war. Long-term planning for an expanded Naval Reserve Officers' Training Corps program is essential to serve the peacetime officer replacement needs of a greatly expanded post-war Navy.

It is believed that this expansion can best be accomplished by converting to the Naval Reserve Officers' Training Corps program the best facilities now in use by the V-12 program. This conversion of facilities would proceed progressively as the V-12 program is curtailed. Under this expansion the trainee complements at present Naval Reserve Officers' Training Corps units would be increased and new Naval Reserve Officers' Training Corps units established at certain universities and colleges. Those institutions to receive new Naval Reserve Officers' Training

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Corps units have been selected and quotas set in relation both to wartime conditions and peacetime conditions, and fall into two classes:

(a) Institutions with enrollments sufficiently large so that a peacetime Naval Reserve Officers' Training Corps can be supported, and

(6) Smaller colleges which have no commitments to the Army for Reserve Officers' Training Corps units and which have been enthusiastic and successful in administering the V-12 program.

It is considered essential that a proposal which would permit this expansion be introduced into the present Congress at the earliest practicable date.

Therefore, the Navy Department strongly recommends the enactment of the proposed legisiation embodied in the enclosed bill.

The Navy Department has been advised by the Bureau of the Budget that while the enactment of this proposed legislation would not be in conflict with the program of the President, it should be understood that this advice involves, pending the completion of studies of the subject of universal military training that are now under way, no commitment with respect to the extent of the future programs proposed in this letter. Sincerely yours,

Ralph A. BARD,

Acting Secretary of the Navy. In compliance with clause 2a of rule XIII of the Rules of the House of Representatives, there follows the provisions of existing law showing the changes which would be made by the proposed legislation (omit the part printed in black brackets and insert the matter printed in italic).

Sec. 22 (a) A Naval Reserve Officers' Training Corps is hereby authorized to be established and operated under such regulations as the President may prescribe, which regulations shall, so far as may be practicable, conform to the provisions of the National Defense Act approved June 3, 1916, sections 40 to 53, inclusive (39 Statutes at Large, pages 191 to 194), (as amended by the Act approved June 4, 1920, sections 33 and 34 (41 Statutes at Large, pages 776 to 779]. Provided, That the powers conferred therein upon the Secretary of War with regard to the Reserve Officers' Training Corps are hereby conferred upon the Secretary of the Navy with regard to the Naval Reserve Officers' Training Corps: Provided further, That all expenditures in connection with the establishment and operation of the Naval Reserve Officers' Training Corps shall be specifically appropriated therefor: Provided further, That members of the Naval Reserve Officers' Training Corps shall be eligible for appointment as Naval Reserve Officers under the same conditions as provided by law for the appointment of Naval Reserve officers from other citizens of the United States, and when so appointed shall have the same status and be entitled to the same benefits in all respects as provided by law for other members of the Naval Reserve: Provided further, That the word "naval” wherever used in this section shall be construed to include Marine Corps: And provided further, That until the expiration of one year after the cessation of hostilities in the present war as declared by the President or by concurrent resolution of Congress, the total personnel of the Naval Reserve Officers' Training Corps shall not exceed] at any one time exceed twenty-four thousand and thereafter the total personnel of such corps shall not at any one time exceed fourteen thousand (more than seventy-two hundred].

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