Quartermaster's Department, U. S. Marine Corps1
WHEN, on April 6, 1917, a state of war was declared to exist between the United States and Germany, the authorized strength of the Marine Corps was 14,981 men, and of this number there were, roughly, 12,000 in active service. By an Executive Order, dated March 26, 1917, a temporary increase was authorized, and on May 22, 1917, the Congress made a further increase, bringing the total strength to 30,000. The Recruiting Service, with its Publicity Bureau, at the time was more efficient than ever, and men were coming in at a rate never before anticipated.
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