S. A. T. C.
The Students' Army Training Corps was a short-lived military training program set up by the War Department during the latter portion of the Great War after the United States had joined in the conflict.
S. A. T. C. SOLDIERS HEAR GOV. MANNING
- Very appropriate exercises were held at 12 noon on Tuesday, October 1st, the date set aside for the induction of men into the S. A. T. C. Governor Richard I. Manning was the speaker of the occasion.
- The corps numbering between 900 and 1000 were brought together in mass formation around the stand where Governor Manning, President Riggs, Colonel McFeeley, aand [sic] two members of the Local Board of Oconee were seated. The corps stood at salute while the flag was raised and the buglers sounded "To the Colors." Colonel McFeeley administered the oath of allegiance to the flag and then read the following messages:
MESSAGE OF HON. BENEDICT CROWELL
ACTING SECRETARY OF WAR
- As college students you are accustomed to contests of physical force. You are familiar with the tedious training and self-sacrificing discipline that are required to develop a team that can win the game. You know that the contest is won by team work, push, enthusiastic cooperation with one another and coordination of every individual talent to the single purpose of common success.
- In the military struggle in which you are about to enter, the same conditions prevail. In order to succeed, many weeks of thorough going training and drill are essential to develop the coordination of skill and imagination that is essential to achieve the vast and vital end to which the country has pledged its every effort. The fighting machine will come into effective working order more rapidly in proportion as each individual in it devotes his full attention to the particular service for which he is best qualified. In entering upon this training as student soldiers you have the opportunity of developing your abilities to the point where they wiill be most effective in the common struggle. I am sure that you will do this in the same spirit and with the same enthusiasm that you have always exhibited in the lesser struggles to which you have been accustomed to devote your energies. I am sure you will rise to this opportunity and show that America, the home of the pioneer, the inventor, and the master of machines, is ready and able to turn its every energy to the construction of an all powerful military machine, which will prove as effective in liberating men as have the reaper, the aeroplane, and the telephone.
MESSAGE OF GENERAL MARCH
CHIEF OF STAFF
- The Students' Army Training Corps has been organized to aassist [sic] in training a body of men from whom the United States will draw officer material in large numbers. The need for these officers is one of the most imperative connected with our large army program, and patriotic young men will be given an apportunity [sic] to acquire this training with the knowledge that they will thus be enabled to better serve their Country in the great drive which is to come. Superior leadership spells success in war, and it is the duty of every member of the Student Officers' Training Corps to do his utmost to qualify as a leader of men.
- PEYTON C. MARCH
- PEYTON C. MARCH
- General, Chief of Staff, U. S. A.
End of program
With the rapid conclusion of the Great War on November 11, 1918, the need for the S. A. T. C. came to an abrupt end, and although it had originally been envisioned that the program would continue through June 1919, the War Department announced that all members of the Corps would be mustered out by December 20. (The Tiger, "S. A. T. C. To Be Mustered Out", December 11, 1918, Volume XIV, Number 10, pages 1, 3.)
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