As It Was Before
(STRENGTH, INDUCTIONS, OFFICERS, TRAINING, AND AVIATION, 1917-1918)
THE act of Congress, approved August 29, 1916 (just seven months prior to the entrance of the United States into the war) authorized in emergency an increase in the strength of the Marine Corps from approximately 13,000 officers and men, to 693 officers and 17,400 enlisted men. During the war, further temporary increases were authorized, raising the total authorized strength of the regular Marine Corps to 3,341 officers and 75,000 enlisted.
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