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NEW ENGLAND MAGAZINE

VOL. LIII

JUNE, 1915

NUMBER 2

THE TRAINING SCHOOL OF THE MASSACHUSETTS VOLUNTEER VOLUNTEER MILITIA

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By MAJOR-GENERAL WILLIAM A. PEW
Colonel of the 8th Mass. Infantry, U. S. V.

HAT the newspapers often called Massachusetts West Point is officially known as the Training School of the Massachusetts Volunteer Militia. It completed this month, the second year of its existence, and graduated its first class. It was established to train young men to become company officers, by imparting to them correct military information, and developing in them, character, power, interests and ideals useful in military life.

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The idea of such a school is not new. It found expression long ago in the organization of the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company and the two Independent Corps of Cadets, but failed to realize its full purpose, because trained members of these organizations were not in practical touch with companies needing officers. company, located in Worcester, would not choose its officers from Boston gentlemen, however well qualified. The Training School meets this difficulty by opening its doors yearly to one Cadet from each company, or equivalent unit, in the State, who is nominated by the captain, and is supposed to be the man likely to be selected and approved as the next lieu

tenant.

The present demand for this kind of school originated among the NonCommissioned Officers of the Second

Regiment, who complained of a lack of opportunity to prepare themselves by proper instruction and training to become officers. The Governor appointed a Board to study the matter and to interpret and formulate this demand into practical recommendations. In accordance with the report of this Board the School was established. It begins each year with a three days' camp at Framingham, including Labor Day. Throughout the year there are monthly conferences. at the Charlestown Armory, lasting twenty-four hours, and the work of the year is ended by an encampment of eight days. This encampment was held last year with the regulars at Plattsburg Barrack, New York, and this year will be held with the cadets of the United States Military Academy upon the Hudson. The course lasts two years, during which period the School is assembled for practical work on fifty-eight days. During his term of two years, each Cadet must continue his membership in the militia, and perform all regular tours of duty with his organization.

Instruction is tabulated, and, at each monthly conference, the work of the past month is reviewed, the work of the next month outlined, and lesson papers distributed for the ensuing month. These papers are answered, one each weck, and mailed to the Ad

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