A-11694, NOVEMBER 12, 1925, 5 COMP. GEN. 344

A-11694: Nov 12, 1925

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" WAS INTENDED TO COVER ONLY SUPPLIES FOR ATHLETIC EXERCISES OR GYMNASIUM WORK. THE PURCHASE OF MEDALS FROM SAID APPROPRIATION TO BE AWARDED WINNERS OF ATHLETIC EVENTS AT CITIZENS' MILITARY TRAINING CAMPS IS NOT AUTHORIZED. 1925: I HAVE YOUR LETTER OF OCTOBER 20. IN WHICH YOU REQUEST TO BE ADVISED AS TO WHETHER YOU ARE AUTHORIZED TO PAY UNDER THE APPROPRIATION "CITIZENS' MILITARY TRAINING CAMPS. THE VOUCHER IS STATED TO COVER THE FOLLOWING ITEMS: CHART 110 MEDALS F 3537 CMC 25 STER. 1 MEDAL DO DO 25 R.P. STATES: THESE MEDALS ARE AWARDED TO THE WINNERS OF THE VARIOUS ATHLETIC EVENTS OF THE CMT CAMPS IN THIS CORPS AREA. WERE PURCHASED FROM FUNDS SPECIFICALLY ALLOTTED UNDER ARMY APPROPRIATION ACT.

A-11694, NOVEMBER 12, 1925, 5 COMP. GEN. 344

PURCHASES, MEDALS - CITIZENS' MILITARY TRAINING CAMPS AS THE PROVISION IN THE APPROPRIATION "CITIZENS' MILITARY TRAINING CAMPS, 1926," ACT OF FEBRUARY 12, 1925, 43 STAT. 924,"FOR GYMNASIUM AND ATHLETIC SUPPLIES," WAS INTENDED TO COVER ONLY SUPPLIES FOR ATHLETIC EXERCISES OR GYMNASIUM WORK, THE PURCHASE OF MEDALS FROM SAID APPROPRIATION TO BE AWARDED WINNERS OF ATHLETIC EVENTS AT CITIZENS' MILITARY TRAINING CAMPS IS NOT AUTHORIZED.

COMPTROLLER GENERAL MCCARL TO CAPT. E. W. WILSON, UNITED STATES ARMY, NOVEMBER 12, 1925:

I HAVE YOUR LETTER OF OCTOBER 20, 1925, TRANSMITTED TO THIS OFFICE BY INDORSEMENT DATED OCTOBER 26, 1925, FROM THE CHIEF OF FINANCE, IN WHICH YOU REQUEST TO BE ADVISED AS TO WHETHER YOU ARE AUTHORIZED TO PAY UNDER THE APPROPRIATION "CITIZENS' MILITARY TRAINING CAMPS, 1926," A VOUCHER FOR $360.39 PRESENTED BY THE ROBBINS CO., ATTLEBORO, MASS., COVERING THE COST OF CERTAIN MEDALS FURNISHED UNDER WAR DEPARTMENT PURCHASE ORDERS NO. 252 AND NO. 311, DATED SEPTEMBER 16, 1925, AND SEPTEMBER 30, 1925, RESPECTIVELY. THE VOUCHER IS STATED TO COVER THE FOLLOWING ITEMS:

CHART 110 MEDALS F 3537 CMC 25 STER.

1 MEDAL DO DO 25 R.P. COMPLETE ----------------------- $282.12

8 MEDALS F DO CIT.MIL, COMP, STER. LOT ------------------- 20.27

2 MEDALS DO DO DO DO R.P. $5.00 EA --------------- 10.00 30 MEDALS DO DO DO DO PL BRZ $1.60 EA ------------- 48.00

TOTAL ------------------------------------------------ $360.39

A MEMORANDUM ACCOMPANYING THE VOUCHER, SIGNED BY F. W. GLOVER, LIEUTENANT COLONEL, CAVALRY (D.O.L.), C.M.T.C. OFFICER, STATES:

THESE MEDALS ARE AWARDED TO THE WINNERS OF THE VARIOUS ATHLETIC EVENTS OF THE CMT CAMPS IN THIS CORPS AREA, AND WERE PURCHASED FROM FUNDS SPECIFICALLY ALLOTTED UNDER ARMY APPROPRIATION ACT, FISCAL YEAR 1926, FOR GYMNASIUM AND ATHLETIC SUPPLIES. $1,350.00 FOR THIS PURPOSE WAS ALLOTTED THIS CORPS AREA.

THE APPROPRIATION "CITIZENS' MILITARY TRAINING CAMPS, 1926," 43 STAT. 924, CONTAINS THE FOLLOWING:

* * * FOR GYMNASIUM AND ATHLETIC SUPPLIES (NOT EXCEEDING $15,000); * *

THIS ITEM WAS FIRST INCLUDED IN THE APPROPRIATION UNDER "CITIZENS' MILITARY TRAINING CAMPS" FOR THE FISCAL YEAR ENDING JUNE 30, 1925, AND THE PURPOSE AND OBJECT OF THE LANGUAGE ARE STATED IN THE TESTIMONY OF DR. GEORGE F. JAMES, NATIONAL EXECUTIVE SECRETARY CITIZENS MILITARY CAMPS ASSOCIATION, CHICAGO, ILL., AND COL. R. E. BEEBE, UNITED STATES ARMY, BEFORE THE SUBCOMMITTEE OF THE HOUSE COMMITTEE ON APPROPRIATIONS CONSIDERING THE WAR DEPARTMENT APPROPRIATION BILL FOR 1925, AS IT APPEARS ON PAGES 848 AND 849 OF THE HEARINGS ON SAID BILL, AS FOLLOWS:

THERE IS JUST ONE POINT, MR. CHAIRMAN, THAT I WOULD LIKE TO ADD.

PHYSICAL-TRAINING EQUIPMENT

WE HAVE ALWAYS EMPHASIZED THE PHYSICAL TRAINING GIVEN IN THE CAMPS. HAVE ENCOURAGED SPORTS OF ALL KINDS AND HAVE BEEN GIVING A GOOD DEAL OF THE MONTH'S PROGRAM TO THAT SORT OF THING. IT HAS TENDED TO DEVELOP THE PHYSICAL HEALTH; IT IMPROVES TEAMWORK ON THE PART OF THE BOYS THERE, AND HAS TENDED TO MAKE THEM LEADERS IN THEIR OWN HOME GROUPS WHEN THEY GO BACK THERE. WE HAVE BEEN TRYING TO SET A STANDARD OF PHYSICAL FITNESS FOR YOUNG AMERICA.

NOW WE NEED HELP IN THE FORM OF A SPECIFIC APPROPRIATION FOR PHYSICAL- TRAINING EQUIPMENT FOR THE BOY WHO LIKES TO PLAY BASEBALL OR FOOTBALL. ARE GIVING THEM TRAINING IN THAT; AND I DO NOT KNOW WHETHER IT MEETS WITH YOUR APPROVAL OR NOT, MR. CHAIRMAN, BUT WE ALSO WANT TO GET SOME SETS OF BOXING GLOVES. WE BELIEVE IN ENCOURAGING THE MANLY SPORT THERE, BECAUSE IT MAKES THE BOYS MORE SELF-RELIANT.

MR. ANTHONY. HOW DO YOU SECURE ATHLETIC EQUIPMENT, DOCTOR?

DOCTOR JAMES. I WILL ASK COLONEL BEEBE TO ANSWER THAT.

COLONEL BEEBE. WE HAVE BEEN PURCHASING THAT FROM THE FUND PROVIDED FOR CITIZENS' MILITARY TRAINING CAMPS, BUT THIS FALL THE COMPTROLLER DECIDED TO STOP THAT EXPENDITURE. CONSEQUENTLY WE FEEL THAT WE CAN NO LONGER AUTHORIZE THAT UNLESS IT IS SPECIFICALLY INCORPORATED.

MR. ANTHONY. HAVE YOU SET UP A SPECIFIC ITEM ANYWHERE IN THE BILL FOR THAT?

COLONEL BEEBE. NO, SIR; BECAUSE THAT CAME OUT FROM THE COMPTROLLER'S OFFICE AFTER THE BUDGET WAS COMPLETED.

MR. ANTHONY. HOW MUCH DID YOU USE FOR THAT PURPOSE AT THE CAMPS THIS YEAR?

COLONEL BEEBE. THIS PAST YEAR WE AUTHORIZED THEM TO USE AS HIGH AS $1 PER MAN. THAT, HOWEVER, WAS NOT EXPENDED. THEY SPENT SOMEWHERE BETWEEN $15,000 AND $20,000.

MR. ANTHONY. WHAT LANGUAGE WOULD YOU HAVE TO HAVE, COLONEL, IN ORDER TO BUY ATHLETIC EQUIPMENT, JUST FOR ATHLETIC EQUIPMENT FOR USE OF THE CAMPS? WOULD THAT BE SATISFACTORY?

COLONEL BEEBE. IF WE INSERTED AFTER THE WORDS THERE "RECRUITING AND ADVERTISING" THE WORDS ,GYMNASIUM AND ATHLETIC SUPPLIES," THAT WOULD COVER IT.

MR. BARBOUR. HAVE YOU ESTIMATED HOW MUCH IT WILL REQUIRE FOR THAT PURPOSE THIS YEAR, COLONEL?

COLONEL BEEBE. I THINK APPROXIMATELY THE SAME AMOUNT AS WAS SPENT LAST YEAR--- ABOUT $20,000.

IN VIEW OF THIS TESTIMONY IT WOULD APPEAR THAT THE ITEM "GYMNASIUM AND ATHLETIC SUPPLIES" WAS INTENDED TO COVER ONLY SUPPLIES FOR ATHLETIC EXERCISES OR GYMNASIUM WORK. MEDALS ARE NOT GYMNASIUM OR ATHLETIC SUPPLIES, AND YOU ARE ACCORDINGLY ADVISED THAT THE APPROPRIATION SOUGHT TO BE CHARGED DOES NOT MAKE PROVISION FOR THE PURCHASE THEREOF AND IS NOT AVAILABLE FOR THE PAYMENT OF THE VOUCHER SUBMITTED.