To F.M. Carter from the University of California


To F.M. Carter from the University of California


World War, 1914-1918


The letter provides information on the University of California's Students' Army Training Corps.


MSS 049 Anderson - Phillips family papers


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Carter, Fred Mortimer (Nick), Jr.


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MSS 063 Walter Phillips papers


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Anderson - Phillips family papers, MSS 049


Line 3: Mr. F. M. Carter,
Line 4: 1068 E. Main St.,
Line 5: Ashland, Oregon.

Page #1
Line 6: September 17, 1918.
Line 7: Mr. F. M. Carter,
Line 8: 1068 E. Main St.,
Line 9: Ashland, California.
Line 10: My dear Mr. Carter:
Line 11: The enclosed sheets will give you information
Line 12: regarding the collegiate section of the Student’s Army
Line 13: The vocational section of the corps is
Line 14: open to grammar school graduates and those who cannot
Line 15: fully satisfy the entrance requirements of the University.
Line 16: Application for admission to this section should be made
Line 17: to the local draft board.
Line 18: Yours very truly,
Line 19: Gary Montgomery
Line 20: For the information Bureau,
Line 21: Students’ Army Training Corps.

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Line 2: at the
Line 3: University of California
Line 4: A unit of the Students’ Army Training Corps has been established by the
Line 5: National Government at the University of California, Berkeley, California.
Line 6: The Government’s Purpose - The purpose of the Government in taking this
Line 7: step is stated by the War Department to be the utilization of "the executive and
Line 8: teaching personnel and the physical equipment of the colleges to assist in the
Line 9: training of our new armies.”
Line 10: Admission to the University - It is important to distinguish between admission
Line 11: to the University and induction into the Students' Army Training Corps. Information
Line 12: concerning admission to the University may be obtained from the Recorder
Line 13: of the Faculties. The University of California requires for matriculation evidence
Line 14: of graduation from an approved high school with special recommendations in 45 units
Line 15: (15 points or credits) of properly selected high-school work; or an equivalent
Line 16: education, as attested by examinations or credentials. The University of California
Line 17: will not depart from the usual matriculation requirements. If, however, the strict
Line 18: enforcement of the requirement of 45 units leaves the University quota of the
Line 19: S.A.T.C, still unfilled, the Admissions Committee, in the exercise of the discretion
Line 20: vested in the Committee by the Academic Senate, will entertain applications from
Line 21: high-school graduates who may not be "fully recommended", but who are able to
Line 22: present from school officers testimonials of special fitness in the mental and
Line 23: physical qualities which give promise of efficient and responsible military
Line 24: leadership.
Line 25: Induction into the Students’ Army Training Corns - Applicants for induction
Line 26: into the Corps
Line 27: 1. Must be regular students in the schools or colleges of the University, at
Line 28: Berkeley. Students in special or partial status are not eligible.
Line 29: 2. Must be registrants, in their respective communities, under the U.S.
Line 30: Selective Service Act.
Line 31: 3. If over 21 years of age, must be citizens of the United States, or must
Line 32: have taken out first papers; if under 21 (and registered under the Selective Service
Line 33: Act) must have such status as will lead to citizenship upon reaching the age of
Line 34: 21 years.
Line 35: 4. Must pass a satisfactory physical and medical examination, in accordance
Line 36: with the usual Army standards.
Line 37: Preferential Treatment of Applicants for the Corps.- The courses of study
Line 38: projected at the University of California for members of the Corps are undergraduate
Line 39: courses, and for the most part courses for Freshmen and Sophomores. If, therefore,
Line 40: it becomes necessary to limit the number of students admitted to the Corps, under
Line 41: graduates at the present time in attendance at the University, and newly matriculated
Line 42: Freshmen, will have the right of way. Students with advanced standing in other
Line 43: institutions, and graduates either of California or of any other college or university,
Line 44: will be freely admitted to the University, subject to the usual rules, but,

Page #3
Line 1: S.A.T.C. p. 2.
Line 2: so far as membership in the Training Corps is concerned, they will have but a
Line 3: secondary claim upon the resources of the institution.
Line 4: No provision has been made for induction into the Corps of students under
Line 5: eighteen, or of students who have reached their eighteenth birthday after the dates
Line 6: set aside under the Selective Service Act for registration. If possible such students
Line 7: will be permitted to receive military training with the Corps, but there is no
Line 8: expectation that such persons will receive uniforms, equipment, living accommodations,
Line 9: or pay.
Line 10: Intending students are warned that the process of induction into the Corps
Line 11: may require a considerable period, and that throughout this period the student must
Line 12: be absolutely upon his own resources, and must be prepared to provide not only his
Line 13: living expenses but the expenses incident to the inauguration of his studies at the
Line 14: University. The estimated amount of money which the student should have in order
Line 15: that he may begin his university program and meet his living expenses pending the
Line 16: organization of the Corps is from $75 to $l50, depending in part upon his standard
Line 17: of living and in part upon the courses selected, and the cost of books and laboratory
Line 18: materials incidental thereto. Neither the War Department nor the University
Line 19: will at any time pay the cost of text-books, drawing materials, laboratory supplies,
Line 20: or other articles needed by the student in connection with his class work at the
Line 21: University.
Line 22: Status of Members of the Students' Army Training Corps.- Members of the
Line 23: Corps are enlisted men in the Army of the United States. As such they receive from
Line 24: the Federal Government their uniforms and their equipment, their housing and
Line 25: subsistence, and pay, as privates, at the rate of $30.00 per month. If possible,
Line 26: housing and subsistence will be supplied from the outset, the men living in barracks
Line 27: and taking their meals in central mess halls. It is possible, however, that pending
Line 28: the erection of suitable structures, the members of the Corps will make their
Line 29: own arrangements for room and board, in which case there will be for each man, under
Line 30: such conditions, an allowance of $1.00 per day in commutation of housing and
Lien 31: subsistence, in addition to the regular pay of $30.00 per month. Members of the Corps
Line 32: will also be regular students of the University, and will be required to follow the
Line 33: regular university program, and to comply with all university regulations. The
Line 34: studies which make up the programme of the members of the Corps, including the
Line 35: military studies and exercises, will be credited toward the bachelor's degree. These
Line 36: studies will be selected by the students with the aid of their faculty and military
Line 37: advisers, with a view to the special branches of the military service toward which
Line 38: they desire to direct their preparation, and (so far as possible) with due regard to
Line 39: their more permanent professional or other life interests.
Line 40: The student-soldiers will be given military instruction under officers of
Line 41: the Army and will be kept under observation and test to determine their qualification
Line 42: as officer-candidates, and technical experts such as engineers, chemists and
Line 43: doctors. After a certain period, the men will be selected according to their performance,
Line 44: and assigned to military duty in one of the following ways:
Line 45: (a) By transfer to a central officers’ training camp.
Line 46: (b) By transfer to a non-commissioned officers' training school.
Line 47: (c) By assignment to classes in this University, or in some other collegiate
Line 48: institution, for further intensive work in a specified line for a limited specified
Line 49: time.

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Line 1: S.A.T.C. p. 3.
Line 2: (d) By assignment to the vocational training section of the Corps for technician
Line 3: training of military value.
Line 4: (e) By transfer to a cantonment for duty with troops as privates.
Line 5: Similar sorting and reassignment of the men will be made at periodical
Line 6: intervals, as the requirements of the service demand. It cannot be now definitely
Line 7: stated how long a student will remain at college. This will depend on the requirements
Line 8: of the mobilization and the age group to which he belongs. All men inducted
Line 9: into the S.A.T.C. will ordinarily be called to the colors when their age groups are
Line 10: reached. In order to keep the unit at adequate strength, men may be admitted from
Line 11: secondary schools, or transferred from Depot Brigades, as the need may require. The
Line 12: national military program will probably necessitate the mobilization of all physially
Line 13: fit registrants under 21, within ten months from this date. With respect to
Line 14: students, since they are not to be made in any sense a deferred or favored class,
Line 15: this means that they will practically all be assigned to active service in the
Line 16: field, by June, 1919. The only exceptions will be certain students engaged in technical
Line 17: studies of military value, e.g., medicine, engineering, and chemistry.
Line 18: Procedure.- University entrance examinations will begin Thursday, September
Line 19: 19, Stated registration days will be as follows: for new students, Friday and
Line 20: Saturday, September 27 and 28; for old students, Monday, September 30. It is
Line 21: absolutely necessary, however, that high-school recommendations and other credentials
Line 22: in support of applications for admission be forwarded by mail to the Recorder
Line 23: of the Faculties at the earliest possible date. Until the beginning of the entrance
Line 24: examinations, September 19, all such documents will be duly acknowledged by the
Line 25: Recorder of the Faculties, and the senders will be notified by mail whether they
Line 26: have qualified for university matriculation. With this notice the Recorder will
Line 27: send whatever additional information is available concerning the Students' Army
Line 28: Training Corps.
Line 29: For further information, please address
Line 30: Bureau of Information
Line 31: Bureau of Information
Line 32: University of California,
Line 33: Berkeley, California.
Line 34: Berkeley, California,
Line 35: September 10, 1918.
Line 36: 3500-9-'18.

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