A-64011, SEPTEMBER 25, 1935, 15 COMP. GEN. 246

A-64011: Sep 25, 1935

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THAT ALL FIVE OF THE ENLISTED CARETAKERS WERE GRANTED ANNUAL LEAVE FOR THE 15-DAY PERIOD OF THE ENCAMPMENT AND APPARENTLY PARTICIPATED IN THE ENCAMPMENT AS ENLISTED MEMBERS OF THEIR RESPECTIVE ORGANIZATIONS. WERE PAID CARETAKER'S PAY ON THE ORIGINAL PAY ROLL FOR THE FULL MONTH OF JUNE 1935. WERE PAID ONLY FOR THE 15-DAY PERIOD JUNE 1 TO JUNE 15. THE PHILADELPHIA STABLES HAVE BEEN BADLY IN NEED OF REPAIRS. IT WAS THOUGHT THAT THESE REPAIRS COULD BE ACCOMPLISHED MORE EFFICIENTLY WHILE THE ANIMALS WERE WITH THE 104TH CAV. PRIVATES CHARLES DOUGHERTY AND FRANK WARD WERE RETURNED TO HOME STATION AT END OF 103RD CAV. WHEN ANIMALS OR MATERIEL ARE LEFT AT HOME STATIONS. WHEN THEIR ORGANIZATIONS ARE PARTICIPATING IN FIELD TRAINING.

A-64011, SEPTEMBER 25, 1935, 15 COMP. GEN. 246

PAY - CARETAKERS, NATIONAL GUARD PAYMENT OF COMPENSATION FROM FEDERAL FUNDS MAY NOT BE MADE TO CARETAKERS OF THE NATIONAL GUARD FOR THE CARE OF ANIMALS LEFT AT HOME STATION WHERE IT APPEARS THAT THE MEN PERFORMED NO SERVICES AS CARETAKERS DURING THE PERIOD IN QUESTION, AND THAT SUCH PAYMENT HAD NOT BEEN SPECIALLY AUTHORIZED BY THE NATIONAL GUARD BUREAU.

COMPTROLLER GENERAL MCCARL TO COL. LEO A. LUTTRINGER, UNITED STATES PROPERTY AND DISBURSING OFFICER, SEPTEMBER 25, 1935:

THERE HAS BEEN RECEIVED BY REFERENCE FROM THE NATIONAL GUARD BUREAU YOUR LETTER OF JULY 12, 1935, TRANSMITTING SUPPLEMENTAL PAYROLL VOUCHER IN FAVOR OF PVT. CHARLES DOUGHERTY, HEADQUARTERS TROOP, ONE HUNDRED AND THIRD CAVALRY, AND PVT. FRANK WARD, TROOP C, ONE HUNDRED AND THIRD CAVALRY, FOR $35 EACH, TOTAL AMOUNT $70, REPRESENTING PAY AS CARETAKERS OF ANIMALS FOR THE PERIOD JUNE 16 TO JUNE 30, 1935, UNDER THEIR APPOINTMENTS DATED JUNE 1, 1935.

IT APPEARS THAT FIVE ENLISTED MEN, MEMBERS, RESPECTIVELY, OF HEADQUARTERS TROOP, MACHINE GUN TROOP, AND TROOPS A, B, AND C OF THE ONE HUNDRED AND THIRD CAVALRY, PENNSYLVANIA NATIONAL GUARD, AND FOUR CIVILIAN EMPLOYEES CONSTITUTED THE CARETAKER PERSONNEL APPOINTED TO CARE FOR THE POOLED ANIMALS OF THE ONE HUNDRED AND THIRD CAVALRY. IT FURTHER APPEARS FROM THE ORIGINAL CARETAKERS' PAY ROLL, COVERING PAY FOR THE PERIOD JUNE 1 TO JUNE 30, 1935, VOUCHER 66 OF YOUR JULY 1935, ACCOUNTS, THAT THE ONE HUNDRED AND THIRD CAVALRY, PENNSYLVANIA NATIONAL GUARD, PARTICIPATED IN FIELD TRAINING FOR THE PERIOD JUNE 1 TO JUNE 15, 1935, AND THAT ALL FIVE OF THE ENLISTED CARETAKERS WERE GRANTED ANNUAL LEAVE FOR THE 15-DAY PERIOD OF THE ENCAMPMENT AND APPARENTLY PARTICIPATED IN THE ENCAMPMENT AS ENLISTED MEMBERS OF THEIR RESPECTIVE ORGANIZATIONS. PVTS. WILLIAM CARLILE, TROOP A, BYRON SLUGG, TROOP B, AND ROBERT ERDMAN, MACHINE GUN TROOP, WERE PAID CARETAKER'S PAY ON THE ORIGINAL PAY ROLL FOR THE FULL MONTH OF JUNE 1935, IT APPEARING THAT THEY PERFORMED DUTIES AS CARETAKERS OF THE POOLED ANIMALS BELONGING TO THE ONE HUNDRED AND THIRD CAVALRY DURING THE FIELD TRAINING OF THE ONE HUNDRED AND FOURTH CAVALRY AT COLEBROOK, PA., JUNE 16 TO JUNE 30, 1935. PVTS. DOUGHERTY AND WARD, HOWEVER, WERE PAID ONLY FOR THE 15-DAY PERIOD JUNE 1 TO JUNE 15, 1935, THEY HAVING RETURNED TO THEIR HOME STATION FOR REASONS STATED ON THE SUPPLEMENTAL PAY ROLL, AS FOLLOWS:

1. THE PHILADELPHIA STABLES HAVE BEEN BADLY IN NEED OF REPAIRS, SUCH AS FILLING THE STALLS IN WITH CLAY, REPAIRING MANGERS, FEED BOXES, KICKING BARS, STALLS, AND WHITEWASHING, PAINTING, ETC.

2. IT WAS THOUGHT THAT THESE REPAIRS COULD BE ACCOMPLISHED MORE EFFICIENTLY WHILE THE ANIMALS WERE WITH THE 104TH CAV., JUNE 16TH TO 30TH. FOR THIS REASON, PRIVATES CHARLES DOUGHERTY AND FRANK WARD WERE RETURNED TO HOME STATION AT END OF 103RD CAV. ENCAMPMENT.

3. THREE CARETAKERS FROM THE POOLED PHILADELPHIA UNITS REMAINED IN CHARGE OF THE ANIMALS WITH THE 104TH CAV.

79 N.G.R. 10, DATED JULY 1, 1929, PROVIDES:

C. WHEN ANIMALS OR MATERIEL ARE LEFT AT HOME STATIONS.--- CARETAKERS, WHETHER COMMISSIONED, ENLISTED, OR CIVILIAN, WHEN THEIR ORGANIZATIONS ARE PARTICIPATING IN FIELD TRAINING, ARE ENTITLED TO RECEIVE COMPENSATION AS SUCH FROM FEDERAL FUNDS ONLY WHEN MATERIEL, ANIMALS, ARMAMENT, OR EQUIPMENT OF THE ORGANIZATIONS ARE LEFT AT HOME STATIONS, AND PAYMENT OF SUCH COMPENSATION IS SPECIALLY AUTHORIZED BY THE MILITIA BUREAU. APPLICATIONS FOR SUCH AUTHORITY WILL INDICATE THE NECESSITY OF LEAVING MATERIEL, ANIMALS, ARMAMENT, OR EQUIPMENT AT HOME STATIONS AND THE NECESSITY OF CARETAKERS THEREFOR. ENLISTED CARETAKERS AUTHORIZED TO REMAIN AT HOME STATIONS ARE NOT ENTITLED TO PAY FOR FIELD TRAINING, BUT THEY MAY BE COUNTED AS PRESENT FOR THE PURPOSE OF QUALIFYING THEIR ORGANIZATION FOR PARTICIPATION IN FIELD TRAINING.

E. WHEN ANIMALS ARE USED BY ORGANIZATIONS OTHER THAN THE ONE TO WHICH PERMANENTLY ASSIGNED.--- WHEN ANIMALS ARE SENT TO OR LEFT IN A CAMP FOR USE BY ORGANIZATIONS OTHER THAN THE ONE TO WHICH THE ANIMALS ARE PERMANENTLY ASSIGNED ONE CARETAKER FROM EACH ORGANIZATION WILL REMAIN WITH SAID ANIMALS FOR THE PURPOSE OF ACQUAINTING THOSE USING THE ANIMALS OF ANY PECULIAR CHARACTERISTICS OF THE ANIMALS AND TO OBSERVE AND ASSIST IN THE CARE AND TREATMENT GIVEN THE ANIMALS. HE WILL BE ORDERED TO REPORT TO AND BE UNDER THE DIRECT CHARGE OF THE UNITED STATES ARMY INSTRUCTOR, WHO HAS BEEN DIRECTED BY THE CORPS AREA COMMANDER TO SUPERVISE THE CARE AND TREATMENT OF SAID ANIMALS.

SINCE NEITHER DOUGHERTY NOR WARD APPEARS TO HAVE BEEN SPECIALLY AUTHORIZED BY THE NATIONAL GUARD BUREAU TO RECEIVE COMPENSATION FOR THE CARE OF ANIMALS LEFT AT THEIR HOME STATION UNDER PARAGRAPH 10C OF THE REGULATIONS (IT APPEARING THE MEN PERFORMED NO SERVICES AS CARETAKER OF ANIMALS DURING THE PERIOD IN QUESTION), THEY ARE NOT ENTITLED TO PAY FOR THE 15-DAY PERIOD JUNE 16 TO JUNE 30, 1935. FOR THE REASONS ABOVE STATED, PAYMENT OF THE VOUCHER IS NOT AUTHORIZED.