Colonel Edwin V. Bookmiller, Commandant of the Army contingent of the Students’ Army Training Corps, on the steps of Healy Hall at Georgetown University
The Students’ Army Training Corps at Georgetown was activated on August 12, 1918. The Government mandated that military instruction had to be provided by all colleges and universities with 100 or more “able-bodied students.” The purpose, according to the War Department, was 'to develop as a great military asset the large body of young men in the colleges' and 'to prevent unnecessary and wasteful depletion of the colleges through indiscriminate volunteering, by offering to the students a definite and immediate military status.'
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