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Unified Reserve Plan
For Defense Forces Urged by Neblett The proposed merger of the civilian defense components, includ ing the National Guard, into a single reserve was brought to thej fore again yesterday when Col. Wil liam H. Neblett, president of thej Reserve Officers Association, pro-; ✓ • Corps. Its chairman is Assistant! Secretary of the Army Gordon Gray. Subcommittees Appointed. The board has appointed five sub committees to go into details and has written the State Governors asking their views. It plans to begin public hearings within two weeks. "These boards have no power to present a plan to Congress,” Col. Neblett said. ‘"They are merely ad visory to the Joint Chiefs of Staff and to the Secretary of Defense. “By the time the boards report, the present chiefs of staff probably will have retired and new chiefs of staff will have come into power. The new chiefs of staff will appoint new board* and so on until we reach the point of possiable national dis aster. * * * "ROA does not subscribe to this chain reaction of indecision. It is obvious that the public is of the same mind. Those now in command either understand the problem or our professional military system is incapable of producing some one who does." One Plan Prresented. Only the ROA has presented a plan to Congress, he continued. “It calls for merger of all military components, including the National Guard, into one unified force in which distinctions between Regulars, National Gu%rd*men and Reserves would be abolished,” he added. Other possible developments It the reserve-merger field was seei in the three-day meeting at th< Mayflower Hotel beginning tomor row of the Adjutants. General Asso ciation, composed of the highest ranking officers of the Nation* Guard in the 48 States. May Be Discussed. The program did not list the mer ger as a subject, but a report or legislation by Maj. Gen. Milton A Reckord of Maryland was scheduler and officials conceded that It prob ably would be discussed. The Na tional Guard Association alreadj has taken a firm stand against th< proposed single reserve. Speakers at the session tomorrow 1 will Include Maj. Gen. Elard A. I | Walsh, president of the National Guard Association; Maj. Gen. Ken neth P. Cramer, chief of the Na tiopal Guard Bureau; Maj. Gen. Lewis B. Hershey, director of the Office of Selective Service Records, and Lt. Gen. Raymond S. McLain, chief of Army Information. Lt. Gen. W. S. Paul, director of Army personnel and administration, will speak at the Tuesday meeting. Gen. Carl Spaatz. chief of staff of the Air Porce, will speak Wednes day. The peanut la a native of the tropics and was introduced into the United States in early Colonial days. U. N. Launches Campaign For Children's Funds By tr,« Associated Press LAKE SUCCESS. Jan. 31.—The United Nations tonight launched its fund-raising campaign to aid “children who are suffering as a direct result of war devastation.” In a recorded message broadcast to every part of the world, Secre tary-General Trygve Lie called for citizens of all countries to make a voluntary contribution of one day’s pay or some similar amount. The collections will be used mainly to supplement sums already contrib uted by governments to the Inter I ' national Children’s Emergency Fund£ The food Is distributed througSJ I schools, nurseries, hospitals, orphan j asylums and clinics. * Chief contributor so far has beetifj ! the United States Government, which gave $15,000,000. The United* States will give $25,QPO,000 more If j its share does not amount to mor#* than 57 per cent of the total amount given by all donors. Naval Reservists to Meet Russell Blandford, a member of the staff of the House Armed Serv- - ices Committee, will speak at &' meeting of Naval Reserves at tha Naval Gun Factory at • pm. » Wednesday. -.i ’ f tested appointment of boards te study the plan. Col. Neblett, reporting that “we have tried long and hard, without success, to have the Department of Defense do something” about pre senting a reserve plan to Congress, said that “its stock answer is that boards have been appointed to study the problems and to report. “There is no longer any magic in appointing boards to study and re port,” he said in The Reserve Officer. 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