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RECRUITS FOR UNCLE SAM'S ARMY DRAWN
FROM MOST EVERY TRADE AND PROFESSION
' ' PAINTERS 1
1 MINERS '
. I MACHINISTS -
DRIVPRS & 5TAPLrMPH
I CLERKS & BOOKKEEPERS!
Washington. Where do the men
in our regular army come from?
Here's the answer and it shows
many trades and professions repre
sented. The records show men who enlist
come from the working class. Of the
28,772 men who took their "first en
listment" obligation during 1914 (the
latest for which statistics are avail
able), more than one-third that is,
10,190 men were occupied simply
The second largest contingent
came from the farm. One-eighth of
the whole number, or 3,487 of the
first enlistment recruits, were "farm
ers." The third largest class 'were the
"clerks and bookkeepers," 1,706 of
them; then followed "drivers and
stablemen," who contributed 1,272;
"machinists" numbered 1,018.
These five classes were the only
subdivisions that went over the thou
sand mark, but all the classes which
follow belong to the vast army of
Following in order come carpen
ters, firemen, cooks, electricians,
miners, painters, chauffeurs, plumb
ers, waiters, tailors, musicians, print
ers, barkeepers, salesmen, engineers,
blacksmiths, bakers, sailors, railroad
The highly skilled trades and the
professions contribute few recruits.
Thus, out of the nearly 29,000 "first
enlistment" men in 1914, only three
lithographers, four wireless opera
tors, four doctors, four aviators, six
chemists, six ballplayers and fifteen
actors appear in the lists.
William Hall, oldest British private
in the ranks, is more than seventy
years old, and is with the Royal En
gineers in France. Hall has not
fallen out through the hardest
marching and fighting.