A-80020, SEPTEMBER 4, 1936, 16 COMP. GEN. 215

A-80020: Sep 4, 1936

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PAY - ADDITIONAL - ARMS QUALIFICATION THERE IS NO OBJECTION TO A PROPOSED AMENDMENT TO THE MARINE CORPS MANUAL MAKING ENLISTED MEN EMPLOYED AS "MESSENGERS. MADE IN ACCORDANCE WITH CHANGES PROPOSED IN THE BASIC LETTER WILL BE PASSED TO THE OFFICIAL CREDIT OF DISBURSING OFFICERS CONCERNED. THE PROPOSED AMENDMENT IS SET FORTH IN THE BASIC LETTER AS FOLLOWS: SUBJECT: PROPOSED CHANGES IN MARINE CORPS MANUAL. 1. ARE HEREBY REPEALED. AS FOLLOWS: "* * * ENLISTED MEN OF THE MARINE CORPS HAVING ESTABLISHED THEIR SPECIAL QUALIFICATIONS IN THE USE OF THE ARM OR ARMS WHICH THEY ARE REQUIRED TO USE. UNDER SUCH REGULATIONS AND CONDITIONS AS ARE NOW. IT WILL BE NOTED THAT THE STATUTE QUOTED AUTHORIZES ADDITIONAL PAY FOR QUALIFICATION OF ENLISTED MEN OF THE MARINE CORPS IN THE USE OF THE ARM OR ARMS WHICH THEY MAY BE REQUIRED TO USE.

A-80020, SEPTEMBER 4, 1936, 16 COMP. GEN. 215

PAY - ADDITIONAL - ARMS QUALIFICATION THERE IS NO OBJECTION TO A PROPOSED AMENDMENT TO THE MARINE CORPS MANUAL MAKING ENLISTED MEN EMPLOYED AS "MESSENGERS, CLERKS, AND ORDERLIES STATIONED IN OFFICES AT HEADQUARTERS AT DEPOTS OF SUPPLIES AND IN OTHER STAFF OFFICES" ELIGIBLE TO ATTAIN SPECIAL QUALIFICATIONS IN THE USE OF ARMS, AND AUTHORIZING FOR ALL ENLISTED MEN IN THE MARINE CORPS PERMITTED TO QUALIFY WITH THE RIFLE ADDITIONAL PAY THEREFOR REGARDLESS OF WHERE STATIONED.

ACTING COMPTROLLER GENERAL ELLIOTT TO THE SECRETARY OF THE NAVY, SEPTEMBER 4, 1936:

THERE HAS BEEN RECEIVED YOUR FIRST ENDORSEMENT, AUGUST 13, 1936, OF LETTER FROM THE MAJOR GENERAL COMMANDANT, MARINE CORPS, REQUESTING DECISION WHETHER PAYMENTS OF ADDITIONAL PAY FOR MARKSMANSHIP QUALIFICATIONS OF ENLISTED MEN OF THE UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS, MADE IN ACCORDANCE WITH CHANGES PROPOSED IN THE BASIC LETTER WILL BE PASSED TO THE OFFICIAL CREDIT OF DISBURSING OFFICERS CONCERNED. THE PROPOSED AMENDMENT IS SET FORTH IN THE BASIC LETTER AS FOLLOWS:

SUBJECT: PROPOSED CHANGES IN MARINE CORPS MANUAL.

1. SECTION 18 OF THE ACT OF JUNE 10, 1922, 42 STAT. 632, PROVIDES:

"THAT UNDER SUCH REGULATIONS AS THE PRESIDENT MAY PRESCRIBE, ENLISTED MEN OF THE * * * MARINE CORPS * * * MAY RECEIVE ADDITIONAL COMPENSATION NOT LESS THAN $1 OR MORE THAN $5 PER MONTH, FOR SPECIAL QUALIFICATION IN THE USE OF THE ARM OR ARMS WHICH THEY MAY BE REQUIRED TO USE. ALL LAWS AND PARTS OF LAWS AUTHORIZING EXTRA PAY FOR QUALIFICATION IN THE USE OF ARMS OR INSTRUMENTS, OR FOR HOLDING RATES POSITIONS, EXCEPT AS OTHERWISE SPECIFICALLY PROVIDED HEREIN, ARE HEREBY REPEALED, TO TAKE EFFECT JULY 1, 1922. * * *"

PURSUANT TO THE PROVISIONS OF THE ABOVE-QUOTED STATUTE, THE PRESIDENT, UNDER DATE OF JUNE 28, 1932, ISSUED AN EXECUTIVE ORDER (NO. 5866) WHICH PROVIDED IN PART, AS FOLLOWS:

"* * * ENLISTED MEN OF THE MARINE CORPS HAVING ESTABLISHED THEIR SPECIAL QUALIFICATIONS IN THE USE OF THE ARM OR ARMS WHICH THEY ARE REQUIRED TO USE, UNDER SUCH REGULATIONS AND CONDITIONS AS ARE NOW, OR MAY HEREAFTER BE PRESCRIBED BY THE SECRETARY OF THE NAVY, SHALL RECEIVE ADDITIONAL COMPENSATION, FIRST, SECOND, THIRD, FOURTH, OR FIFTH CLASS, FOR SUCH PERIODS OF TIME AS MAY BE PRESCRIBED BY THE SECRETARY OF THE NAVY, AS FOLLOWS:

CHART

ADDITIONAL COMPENSATION, FIRST CLASS, $5 PER MONTH.

ADDITIONAL COMPENSATION, SECOND CLASS, $4 PER MONTH.

ADDITIONAL COMPENSATION, THIRD CLASS, $3 PER MONTH.

ADDITIONAL COMPENSATION, FOURTH CLASS, $2 PER MONTH.

ADDITIONAL COMPENSATION, FIFTH CLASS, $1 PER MONTH.'

2. IT WILL BE NOTED THAT THE STATUTE QUOTED AUTHORIZES ADDITIONAL PAY FOR QUALIFICATION OF ENLISTED MEN OF THE MARINE CORPS IN THE USE OF THE ARM OR ARMS WHICH THEY MAY BE REQUIRED TO USE. THE EXECUTIVE ORDER OF JUNE 28, 1932, AUTHORIZES SUCH ADDITIONAL PAY FOR QUALIFICATION IN THE USE OF THE ARM OR ARMS WHICH ENLISTED MEN OF THE MARINE CORPS ARE REQUIRED TO USE, UNDER SUCH REGULATIONS AND CONDITIONS AS ARE NOW, OR MAY HEREAFTER BE, PRESCRIBED BY THE SECRETARY OF THE NAVY. ARTICLE 25-70 (1), MARINE CORPS MANUAL 1931, AS AMENDED BY CHANGES IN MARINE CORPS MANUAL NO. 5, APPROVED BY THE ACTING SECRETARY OF THE NAVY ON AUGUST 1, 1934, PROVIDES:

"QUALIFICATION PAY.--- PAYMENT OF ADDITIONAL COMPENSATION TO ENLISTED MEN OF THE MARINE CORPS FOR SPECIAL QUALIFICATION IN THE USE OF THE ARM OR ARMS THEY MAY BE REQUIRED TO USE WILL BE MADE IN ACCORDANCE WITH SUCH REGULATIONS AND CONDITIONS AS ARE NOW, OR MAY HEREAFTER BE, PRESCRIBED BY THE SECRETARY OF THE NAVY.'

UNDER THIS REGULATION, ISSUED PURSUANT TO THE LAW AND EXECUTIVE ORDER, ENLISTED MEN OF THE MARINE CORPS ARE ENTITLED TO ADDITIONAL PAY FOR QUALIFICATION IN THE USE OF THE ARM OR ARMS THEY MAY BE REQUIRED TO USE.

3. PRIMARILY, THE DUTIES OF ALL ENLISTED MEN OF THE MARINE CORPS, EXCEPT MEMBERS OF THE MARINE BAND, ARE OF A MILITARY NATURE, AND SUCH MEN MAY BE CALLED UPON AT ANY TIME IN AN EMERGENCY, REGARDLESS OF WHERE STATIONED, TO USE THE RIFLE. ACCORDINGLY, THE FOLLOWING CHANGES IN ARTICLE 25-70 OF THE MARINE CORPS MANUAL ARE PROPOSED:

PARAGRAPH (2). CHANGE TO READ AS FOLLOWS:

"THE PRINCIPAL ARM FOR ALL UNITS AND POSTS OF THE MARINE CORPS IS THE RIFLE AND ALL ENLISTED MEN OF THE CORPS, EXCEPT MEMBERS OF THE MARINE BAND, REGARDLESS OF WHERE STATIONED, MAY BE REQUIRED TO USE THAT ARM.'

PARAGRAPH (3) (B). STRIKE OUT.

PARAGRAPH (3) (C). RE-LETTER (B).

PARAGRAPH (4), 4TH LINE, STRIKE OUT "OR (B).'

APPARENTLY THE EFFECT OF THE PROPOSED AMENDMENT IS TO REMOVE THE EXCEPTION IN SUBPARAGRAPH (3) (B), ARTICLE 25-70, MARINE CORPS MANUAL, SO AS TO MAKE ENLISTED MEN EMPLOYED AS "MESSENGERS, CLERKS, AND ORDERLIES STATIONED IN OFFICES AT HEADQUARTERS AT DEPOTS OF SUPPLIES AND IN OTHER STAFF OFFICES" ELIGIBLE TO ATTAIN SPECIAL QUALIFICATIONS IN THE USE OF ARMS AND TO AUTHORIZE FOR ALL ENLISTED MEN IN THE MARINE CORPS PERMITTED TO QUALIFY IN THE USE OF THE RIFLE, ADDITIONAL PAY THEREFOR REGARDLESS OF WHERE STATIONED.

NO OBJECTION IS PERCEIVED TO THE PROPOSED AMENDMENT AND PROPER CREDITS MADE IN ACCORDANCE THEREWITH WILL BE PASSED IN THE AUDIT OF DISBURSING OFFICER'S ACCOUNTS.