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cmyr 04-17-2008 02:28 PM

Early 1950s Enlistment Info
I ran a bit of information today regarding regular and reserve enlistments during the early 1950s.

The 4 year minimum contract for regular enlistment had been dropped to 3 years.

But, if a person didn't want to go regular, they could enlist in the Reserves and "volunteer" for active due for a period in excess of 30 days.

That would seem to explain why some of the Reserves during this timeframe didn't go to boot camp right after enlisting.

Chopper 05-02-2008 01:20 AM

50s enlistment
I joined with an all oklahoma platoon in 1953. About a dozen were reserve and were committed to 2 years active and 5 years obligated, 2 years active reserve

cmyr 06-26-2008 02:28 PM

From the 1951 Cherry Point book...
I've been working with:

"During the period 22 September until 31 December 1950, the strength of the command (2dMAW) was greatly increased by the joining of Reserve personnel. Duty assignments of all officers and enlisted reservists were handled on an individual basis with emphasis placed on past military experience, acquired civilian skills, education, and personal preference for duty. Enlisted reserve personnel having no prior military service were temporarily transferred to the MCRD, Parris Island, SC for basic training. "

Sxandy 11-11-2014 02:33 AM

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