A-5082, OCTOBER 6, 1924, 4 COMP. GEN. 360

A-5082: Oct 6, 1924

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IS NOT APPLICABLE TO THE PURCHASE OF MEDALS FOR AWARD TO THE SUCCESSFUL COMPETITORS IN ATHLETIC CONTESTS HELD AT RESERVE OFFICERS' TRAINING CORPS CAMPS. 1924: THERE WAS RECEIVED SEPTEMBER 10. FOR A DECISION AS TO WHETHER YOU ARE AUTHORIZED TO PAY THE SUM FROM THE APPROPRIATION "RESERVE OFFICERS' TRAINING CORPS. WAS ISSUED TO J. - 307.75 THE MEDALS WERE RECEIVED AND ACCEPTED BY THE QUARTERMASTER AT CAMP CUSTER AUGUST 2. IS AS FOLLOWS: FOR THE PROCUREMENT. TO INSTITUTIONS AT WHICH ONE OR MORE UNITS OF THE RESERVE OFFICERS' TRAINING CORPS ARE MAINTAINED. TO SUBSIST THEM WHILE TRAVELING TO AND FROM SUCH CAMPS AND WHILE REMAINING THEREIN SO FAR AS APPROPRIATIONS WILL PERMIT. TO PAY THEM TRAVEL ALLOWANCE AT THE RATE OF 5 CENTS PER MILE FOR THE DISTANCE BY THE SHORTEST USUALLY TRAVELED ROUTE FROM THE PLACES FROM WHICH THEY ARE AUTHORIZED TO PROCEED TO THE CAMP AND FOR THE RETURN TRAVEL THERETO.

A-5082, OCTOBER 6, 1924, 4 COMP. GEN. 360

PURCHASES - MEDALS - RESERVE OFFICERS' TRAINING CORPS THE APPROPRIATION "RESERVE OFFICERS' TRAINING CORPS, 1924-DECEMBER 31, 1924," ACT OF MARCH 2, 1923, 42 STAT. 1381, IS NOT APPLICABLE TO THE PURCHASE OF MEDALS FOR AWARD TO THE SUCCESSFUL COMPETITORS IN ATHLETIC CONTESTS HELD AT RESERVE OFFICERS' TRAINING CORPS CAMPS, AS SUCH MEDALS DO NOT CONSTITUTE AN ITEM OF "MAINTENANCE" WITHIN THE MEANING OF SAID ACT.

COMPTROLLER GENERAL MCCARL TO THE FINANCE OFFICER, UNITED STATES ARMY, OCTOBER 6, 1924:

THERE WAS RECEIVED SEPTEMBER 10, 1924, YOUR SUBMISSION OF A VOUCHER IN FAVOR OF J. O. POLLACK AND CO., CHICAGO, ILL., IN THE SUM OF $307.75, FOR MEDALS PURCHASED FOR AWARD TO SUCCESSFUL COMPETITORS IN ATHLETIC CONTESTS HELD AT THE RECENT RESERVE OFFICERS' TRAINING CORPS CAMP AT CAMP CUSTER, MICH., FOR A DECISION AS TO WHETHER YOU ARE AUTHORIZED TO PAY THE SUM FROM THE APPROPRIATION "RESERVE OFFICERS' TRAINING CORPS, 1924-DECEMBER 31, 1924," ACT OF MARCH 2, 1923, 42 STAT. 1381-1382.

IT APPEARS THAT PURCHASE ORDER 18-A 5 OF JULY 12, 1924, CORRECTED JULY 24, 1924, WAS ISSUED TO J. O. POLLACK AND CO., CHICAGO, ILL., FOR IMMEDIATE DELIVERY, F.O.B. BATTLE CREEK, MICH., DESTINATION QUARTERMASTER, CAMP CUSTER, MICH., OF THE FOLLOWING:

TABLE QUANTITY ARTICLE UNIT TOTAL

PRICE PRICE

9 --- MEDALS, SOLID GOLD, WITH BAR AND RIBBON ----- $18 $162

9 --- MEDALS, SOLID PURE FINE SILVER, WITH BAR

AND RIBBON -------------------------- 10 90

11 --- MEDALS, BRONZE, WITH BAR AND RIBBON --------- 5.068 55.75

TOTAL --------------------------------------- 307.75

THE MEDALS WERE RECEIVED AND ACCEPTED BY THE QUARTERMASTER AT CAMP CUSTER AUGUST 2, 1924.

SECTION 34, ACT OF JUNE 4, 1920, 41 STAT. 778, SUBSTITUTING SECTION 47-A FOR SECTION 48 OF THE NATIONAL DEFENSE ACT, AUTHORIZES THE SECRETARY OF WAR TO MAINTAIN CAMPS FOR THE FURTHER PRACTICAL INSTRUCTION OF THE MEMBERS OF THE RESERVE OFFICERS' TRAINING CORPS AND TO PRESCRIBE REGULATIONS FOR THE GOVERNMENT OF SUCH CAMPS.

SPECIAL REGULATIONS NO. 44-A, WAR DEPARTMENT, REVISED 1920, PROMULGATING REGULATIONS FOR TRAINING CAMPS FOR THE RESERVE OFFICERS' TRAINING CORPS, PRESCRIBES IN PARAGRAPHS 55 TO 58, INCLUSIVE, THAT PHYSICAL TRAINING SHALL CONSTITUTE A PROMINENT PART OF THE INSTRUCTION AT THESE CAMPS AND THAT ATHLETIC CONTESTS SHALL BE HELD FOR THE PURPOSE OF DEVELOPING THE ESPRIT OF THE PERSONNEL.

THE APPROPRIATION MADE BY THE ACT OF MARCH 2, 1923, IS AS FOLLOWS:

FOR THE PROCUREMENT, MAINTENANCE, AND ISSUE, UNDER SUCH REGULATIONS AS MAY BE PRESCRIBED BY THE SECRETARY OF WAR, TO INSTITUTIONS AT WHICH ONE OR MORE UNITS OF THE RESERVE OFFICERS' TRAINING CORPS ARE MAINTAINED, OF SUCH PUBLIC ANIMALS, MEANS OF TRANSPORTATIONS, SUPPLIES, TENTAGE, EQUIPMENT, AND UNIFORMS AS HE MAY DEEM NECESSARY, AND TO FORAGE AT THE EXPENSE OF THE UNITED STATES PUBLIC ANIMALS SO ISSUED, AND TO PAY COMMUTATION IN LIEU OF UNIFORMS AT A RATE TO BE FIXED ANNUALLY BY THE SECRETARY OF WAR; FOR TRANSPORTING SAID ANIMALS AND OTHER AUTHORIZED SUPPLIES AND EQUIPMENT FROM PLACE OF ISSUE TO THE SEVERAL INSTITUTIONS AND TRAINING CAMPS AND RETURN OF SAME TO PLACE OF ISSUE WHEN NECESSARY; FOR THE ESTABLISHMENT AND MAINTENANCE OF CAMPS FOR THE FURTHER PRACTICAL INSTRUCTION OF THE MEMBERS OF THE RESERVE OFFICERS' TRAINING CORPS, AND FOR TRANSPORTING MEMBERS OF SUCH CORPS TO AND FROM SUCH CAMPS, AND TO SUBSIST THEM WHILE TRAVELING TO AND FROM SUCH CAMPS AND WHILE REMAINING THEREIN SO FAR AS APPROPRIATIONS WILL PERMIT; OR IN LIEU OF TRANSPORTING THEM TO AND FROM SUCH CAMPS AND SUBSISTING THEM WHILE EN ROUTE, TO PAY THEM TRAVEL ALLOWANCE AT THE RATE OF 5 CENTS PER MILE FOR THE DISTANCE BY THE SHORTEST USUALLY TRAVELED ROUTE FROM THE PLACES FROM WHICH THEY ARE AUTHORIZED TO PROCEED TO THE CAMP AND FOR THE RETURN TRAVEL THERETO, AND TO PAY THE RETURN TRAVEL PAY IN ADVANCE OF THE ACTUAL PERFORMANCE OF THE TRAVEL; FOR PAY FOR STUDENTS ATTENDING ADVANCED CAMPS AT THE RATE PRESCRIBED FOR SOLDIERS OF THE SEVENTH GRADE OF THE REGULAR ARMY; FOR THE PAYMENT OF COMMUTATION OF SUBSISTENCE TO MEMBERS OF THE SENIOR DIVISION OF THE RESERVE OFFICERS' TRAINING CORPS, AT A RATE NOT EXCEEDING THE COST OF THE GARRISON RATION PRESCRIBED FOR THE ARMY, AS AUTHORIZED IN THE ACT APPROVED JUNE 3, 1916, AS AMENDED BY THE ACT APPROVED JUNE 4, 1920, $3,500,000, TO REMAIN AVAILABLE UNTIL DECEMBER 31, 1924: PROVIDED, THAT UNIFORMS AND OTHER EQUIPMENT OF MATERIAL ISSUED TO THE RESERVE OFFICERS' TRAINING CORPS IN ACCORDANCE WITH LAW SHALL BE FURNISHED FROM SURPLUS OR RESERVE STOCKS OF THE WAR DEPARTMENT WITHOUT PAYMENT FROM THIS APPROPRIATION, EXCEPT FOR ACTUAL EXPENSE INCURRED IN THE MANUFACTURE OR ISSUE: PROVIDED FURTHER, THAT IN NO CASE SHALL THE AMOUNT PAID FROM THIS APPROPRIATION FOR UNIFORMS, EQUIPMENT, OR MATERIAL FURNISHED TO THE RESERVE OFFICERS' TRAINING CORPS FROM STOCKS UNDER THE CONTROL OF THE WAR DEPARTMENT BE IN EXCESS OF THE PRICE CURRENT AT THE TIME THE ISSUE IS MADE: PROVIDED FURTHER, THAT NONE OF THE FUNDS APPROPRIATED IN THIS ACT SHALL BE USED FOR THE ORGANIZATION OR MAINTENANCE OF ADDITIONAL MOUNTED, MOTOR TRANSPORT, TANK, OR AIR UNITS IN THE RESERVE OFFICERS' TRAINING CORPS: PROVIDED FURTHER, THAT NOT TO EXCEED $10,000 OF THE TOTAL APPROPRIATED BY THIS ACT MAY BE EXPENDED FOR THE TRANSPORTATION OF AUTHORIZED RESERVE OFFICERS' TRAINING CORPS STUDENTS, WHO MAY BE COMPETITORS IN THE NATIONAL RIFLE MATCH, AND TO SUBSIST THEM WHILE TRAVELING TO AND FROM SAID MATCH AND WHILE REMAINING THEREAT.

WHILE THE PHYSICAL DEVELOPMENT OF THE PERSONNEL OF A RESERVE OFFICERS' TRAINING CAMP MAY CONSTITUTE AN ESSENTIAL PART OF THEIR INSTRUCTION FOR THE BETTER PERFORMANCE OF THE REQUIRED MILITARY DUTIES, MEDALS TO BE AWARDED TO SUCCESSFUL COMPETITORS IN ATHLETIC CONTESTS HELD AT THE CAMP AT TERMINATION OF SUCH TRAINING DO NOT CONSTITUTE AN ITEM OF MAINTENANCE OF THE CAMP WITHIN THE MEANING OF THE ACT CITED. 1 MS. COMP. GEN. 257.

YOU ARE NOT AUTHORIZED, THEREFORE, TO PAY THE VOUCHER WHICH IS RETURNED HEREWITH.