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Youths May Pick
   Branch of Service

Those Due To Be Drafted Can Enlist Now, Choose Their Own Units

   Youths of 18 and 19 in the Cumberland area, due to be included in the draft may enlist now and select any branch of the service in which they wish to serve, Sergt. Clarence Biehn, in charge of the local recruiting office said.
   He also said men between 18 and 35 years of age are needed in tank destroyers units at Camp Hood, Texas, and in the paratroop troops.  Men enlisting in the parachutist units must weigh less than 174 pounds.  They will be assigned to the 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment, Camp Blanding, Fla.
   Sergt. Biehn today received word from Capt. Robert D. Redding, president of the Aviation Cadet Examining Board in Baltimore that the educational requirements have been lowered for those desiring to be an aviation cadet in meteorology.   Now, according to Capt. Redding, the requirements have been revised as follows:  applicants must have completed two years of college having specialized in the sciences or engineering and must have satisfactorily  completed thorough courses in mathematics including differential and integral calculus and physics preferably to include heat and thermo dynamics.  The age group for meteorology remains the same, 19 to 31.
  According to Capt.. Redding, many young men have applied in recent months and were turned down because they had only completed two years of college.  They are now eligible under the new regulations.  He urges that they apply again while openings are available.  Further information may be obtained by either visiting or writing the U.S. Army Aviation Cadet Examining Board, Court Square Building, Lexington and Calvert streets, Baltimore.

[Cumberland Evening Times (Cumberland, Maryland) Fri, Oct 16, 1942 Page 11]  [PDF]


   Paratroops from all over the country now are undergoing ground training at Camp Blanding. The 508th parachute Infantry regiment under Col. Roy Lindquist has moved to Blanding from Fort Benning to train recruits in basic ground work before sending them to advanced work at the Georgia fort.
    There will be a few jumps made at Camp Blanding, but they will not be part of the regiment's training. The jumps will be made principally to show recruits what a parachuting soldier looks like in the air and as he lands. Main part of the training will be basic infantry training with 'chute packing and harness rigs for men who come from as far away as California.

[Tampa Bay Times, St. Petersburg, Fl, , Page 3]

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