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Army Life


Found a handbook on Army Life in America where it advised new recruits on aspects of how to work in the Army. It was produced in 1944 with an updated version in 1946 and we bring you both to read here.

Here is the introduction from the 1944 edition...

As a newly inducted soldier, you will find it necessary to make a complete readjustment of your previous habits of life. You have become a part of a huge organization in which you will live in intimate daily association with other soldiers conforming to the exacting requirements of the military team. The necessary disciplinary control and the military surroundings will present an entirely new order of life for you, all essential to our great purpose in this war.

To help yoju make the necessary readjustments, this booklet, Army Life, has been prepared. It is based on experience of millions of men who have entered the Army before you and it should provide the answers for most of the questions every new soldier asks himself or his associates. Study carefully its contents, for it should assist you greatly in making the necessary readjustments in establishing yourself as an efficient soldier.

Good luck to you. May you find friends and experience that will be of great help to you in the years to come.

1944 edition  |  1946 edition
Initial Entry Training Soldier's Handbook 2008


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