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5’ During fiscal year 1935 the number of Air Corps Reserve officers on extended active duty with tactical units averaged 192. As the growing requirement moved the War Department to waive restrictions on maximum age and additional tours, participation increased yearly. The number on active duty averaged 250 in fiscal year 1937, 506 in 1938, and 650 in 1939. 60 Although funding to support the action would lag, in June 1936 Congress passed legislation expanding to 1,350 the number of Air Corps reservists the President might recall voluntarily to extended active duty for five years of training.

Walsh, president of the National Guard Association, gave his public assent to universal training during the Woodrum Committee hearings in June 1945. ” Comparisons of the positions of the two reserve components as perceived by the official policies are illustrative. Definitions The National Guard. The National Guard of the United States will be an integral part and a first line reserve component of the postwar military establishment. The National Guard of the United States and Territories will continue to exist in the postwar military establishment.

This was especially true of the Organized Reserve’s Air Service/Air Corps units. Although a 1935 Organized Reserve Air Corps station list reflected 328 u n i t s 4 divisions, 8 wings, 48 groups, and 268 squadrons-this nucleus of expansible units envisioned by the National Defense Act of 1920 was a paper tiger. Aside from some formation flying, the reservists did well to fly some basic observation exercises in cooperation with the ground forces. Only about 1,600 truly qualified military aviators were among the reservists in the early 1930s, but the War Department budget simply could not provide the Army Air Corps sufficient funds to furnish enough instructors to form reservists into tactical units and provide the flying hours necessary for even that small number to attain individual proficiency.

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