Saturday, April 8, 2017
The Sunday State Leader for April 8, 1917: Join the Guard, but not the Navy?
The shape of a national Army was beginning to take place in the first days of the wary. The US would conscript, although there was opposition to it, and the Army was going to be huge.
Americans were joining the National Guard, lining up, as they had in prior wars, to go with their state units rather than the Federal Army. With conscription that would soon change, but here we see the evolution of the Army. Joining state units had long been the wartime norm. It still was, but that was going to change in short order, although conscription had been a feature of the Civil War as well.
Men (and of course now women as well) weren't joining the Navy in the same numbers. But, as it'd turn out, the role of the U.S. Navy would not be as vast as some had thought.
And Ft. D. A. Russell was going to be busy.