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GREENBELT COOPERATOR GREENBELT, MARYLAND Telephone: GREENBELT 3131 The Greenbelt Cooperative Publishing Association, Inc. Editor Francis Fosnight Associate Editor Donald H. Cooper Assistant Editor Sally Meredith Assistant Editor Jack Schaeffer Business Manager William S7 Stewart Volume 6, Number 37 May 1, 1942 Military Discipline (Editor’s note: In answer to several questions and com ments by residents who are about to become draftees the editor requested a well-known local officer in military serv ice to describe “Military Discipline.” The following is his reply—good enough, we think, for an editorial.) When the civilian joins the armed forces he enters into a distinctly different mode of existence. He finds himself beset with a variety of emotions, their nature and intensity depending on his education and previous experience, his personal habits and former acquaintanceships, his ability to mingle well with people of many walks of life, and finally, the attitude he has assumed as the vocational change took place. The recruit’s mind is, at the outset, a military void ringed with question marks. If he is receptive, willing to co operate, and desirous of getting the most good he can out of the venture while simultaneously giving his best, that void will soon absorb much interesting and valuable lore. He will in time become a good soldier and a swell guy to have around for a beer, badminton, or a battle. As a recruit, however, he wonders many wonderings, some of which are: “Do we salute warrant officers?” “How in the name of Ickes can I get the cosmoline out of this d d rifle?” “What is left oblique?” and “When is chow call?” He also feels some qualms about this “mili tary discipline” his Dad had been saying would do him a lot of good. Private Doe gets most of his basic questions ironed out, learns how and whom to salute, how and why to take extra good care of his rifle, and finds out about left oblique and a lot of other drill movements he never dreamed about. In the process of learning about the Army and his par ticular use to it and functions within it, he is constantly exposed to, and operating under the rules of military dis cipline but doesn’t realize any compunctions about it or ejn give it much thought. He is too busy to be bad, so to speak, and obviously any one who behaves himself prop erly is not the recipient of discipline. After a few weeks in training, Private Doe goes home on leave and is mercilously pumped by all relatives and the populace in general as to his liking for “Army chow,” his ability to hit the side of the hill with his “weepon.” and his reaction to military discipline. Most of his in quisitors seem to take great glee in grasping at the term “military discipline” and waving it over the unfortunate soldier’s pate like the legendary blade of Damocles. In the midst of the “trial,” Private Doe suddenly realizes that this discipline business was one of the things he had been worrying about, too, and here he is without a complaint to register on that score. He resolves to look into the matter upon return to duty. The fact of the matter is that military discipline is something NOT to be worried about in the least. It is a logical, inherent ingredient worked into all the training the recruit and the soldier receives, and it doesn’t hurt a mite, popular civilian notions to the contrary. It is a bugaboo which seems to bother the civilian more than it does the soldier who lives by it. When we pry into the situation we find out that military discipline is merely the every-day garden variety of per sonal conduct rules bearing a special label to indicate its connection with the military service. Byway of comparison, suppose you have three young sters of the 5-to-10-year-old age group. The oldest boy, we will say, persists on walking the danger side of the highway and you exhort him to walk facing traffic or stay in the house for a spell. In the Army, the First Sergeant says, “Private Doakes, dammit if you don’t stay out of that restricted area after nine p.m. you’ll be lunked in the clink!” You have applied your particular version of child management; the Top Kick has utilized military discipline. Private Simple turns up after maneuvers minus his bay onet and mess kit and the appropriate alibis. He is dis ciplined, too, but his pay-off is termed “military discipline” because he is supposed to be a military man in a military organization. The youngest of your offspring keps running toward GREENBELT COOPERATOR Calendar of Events i Friday, May 1 Band Practice 6:30 p. m. Auditorium Feeder Band Practice 6:30 Hobby Room Stringed Orchestra 7:00 Room 123 Fire Auxiliary 7:30 Fire House First Aid Class 8:00 Room 225 Community Church Choir 8:00 3-D Ridge Hebrew Congregation 9:00 Music Room Saturday, May 2 Fire Auxiliary 2:00 p. m. Fire House Confessions 7:30 27-A Ridge Sunday, May 3 Catholic Sunday School 8:30 a. m. Theater Catholic Mass 9:00 Theater Community Church Sunday School 9:30 Elementary School Community Church Service 11:00 Auditorium *L. D. S. Sunday School 11:00 Home Ec. Room Hebrew Congregation Sunday , , School 11:00 Elementary School Fire Auxiliary 2:00 p. m. Fire House *L. D. S. Priesthood 6:30 Home Ec. Room *L. D. S. Service 7:00 Home Ec. Room Community Church Young People’s Group 7:00 Elementary School Community Church High School Group 8:00 18-C Parkway Monday, May 4 Girl Scout Troop 26 7 :00 p. m. Room 223 First Aid 8:00 Room 225 Citizens’ Association 8:15 Auditorium (annual election) Tuesday, May 5 First Aid Class 7:30 p. m. 3-H Ridge Pottery Class 7:30 21 Parkway basement High School P-T. A. 8:00 High School Pre-school Mothers' Club 8:15 4-A Crescent Catholic Choir 8:15 Music Room *L. D. S. Ladies Relief Society 8:30 Home Ec. Room Wednesday, May 6 Community Church Women’s 1:30 p.m. 6-D Ridge Guild Brownies 3:30 p. m. Music Room Pottery Class 7:30 21 Parkway basement Girl Scout Troop 15 7:30 2-G Eastway Girl Scout Troop 18 7:30 Room 223 First Aid Class (advanced! 7:30 Room 225 Fire Auxiliary 8:00 Fire House Midweek Meeting 8:00 Music Room Wednesday, May 6 Greenbelt Consumer Services, Inc. 8:00 p.m. Auditorium (quarterly meeting) Camera Club 8:00 Room 222 Hebrew Ladies’ Auxiliary 8:30 16-N Ridge Thursday, May 7 Women’s Club 1:00 p.m. Olney Inn (annual spring luncheon) *L. D. S. Primary Group 4:00 p.m. Music Room Boy Scout Troop 202 7:00 Hobby Room Girl Scout Troop 17 7:30 Room 123 Pottery Class 7:30 21 Parkway basement American Legion 8:00 Legion House Legion Auxiliary 8:00 Legion House Catholic Church 7" Catholic life in Greenbelt dawn officially on a Sunday morning in October, 1937, with the pastor, the Rev. Leo J. Fealy, offering for the first time in the community the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass in the Home Economics Room of the Elementary School. Later transferred to the Social Room for larger quarters and finally, for the same reason, to the Greenbelt Theater, the Holy Sacrifice is now offered there every Sunday morning at 9 o’clock for the some what over 250 Catholic families of Greenbelt. Sunday School for the children not attending Catholic schools, immediately precedes the Mass at 8:30 a.m. Catholic families not attending the 9 o’clock Mass in Greenbelt can atttend the 7,9 or 11 ff3o a.m. Masses at Berwyn. The Greenbelt Catholic Church is in reality a mission of the mother church in Berwyn and therefore is a part of Holy Redeemer Parish. Pastor of the entire parish, the Rev. Leo J. Fealy, aided on week ends by priests from the Redemptorist Seminary in Washington, attends to the spiritual needs of both communities. Confessions, heard for four years at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Guy Moore, have been transferred since the Moores’ removal to “A’’ block, to a more central location, and are now heard each Saturday evening from 7 :30 to 9 at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Anthony Madden, 17-E Ridge Road. Catholic children of Greenbelt, transported daily to Berwyn by school bus, are there taught in the elementary grades by the Sisters of Providence, a teaching order of nuns. Anxious to build their own church to take care of ever growing needs, the local Catholic community, backed by the savings of past years, was about to embark upon a drive for funds with which to start immediate construction of the church, when all building was halted temporarily by the War Board order stopping all construction projects. The drive will go on, however, as soon as clearance is obtained. Humble in its beginning and modest in its size, the Catholic com munity looks forward hopefully to God’s blessing on its future growth and spread in Greenbelt. the lake when you call to him to come home. You become vexed, and righteously so, and promptly tan his sit-down. The doughboy takes the afternoon off to see a good shown in town instead of reporting to the Provost Marshal’s office to help move some tentage as he was instructed. He finds himself washing dishes all the following week—in the name of military discipline. Professional soldiers (and sailors and marines) agree that without military discipline our military force would soon become a dilatory mass. Any cooperative, sensible individual who respects duly constituted authority, who automatically is attentive to and obeys his leaders and, who has the good of the Nation and the safety and welfare of his comrades at heart, can roll along very smoothly in the military service under the guiding hand of military discipline without suffering any humiliation, unearned pun ishment, or loss of self-esteem or esteem for others. Mili tary discipline is like any other just kind of discipline— corrective, but not harmful. According to the Soldier’s Handbook, it is “the most important thing in the Army.” May 1, 1942 I WANT TO KNOW... (Editor’s Note: Send in any questions you have about Green belt to the Cooperator, by mail or by dropping it through the mail slot in the door of Room 202 over the drug store. We will try to se cure authoritative answers in each case.) When are the lawns and shrub bery to be available for the new defense homes?—N. Funds have been allocated by F. W. A. for this purpose, Arthur Rysticken, assistant community manager, tells us. Bids have been called for but no contracts have been let. The lawns will probably be seeded or sodded within the next two months. Doesn’t the police department of Greenbelt have any phone num ber? How does a person call an officer in this town?—D. A. When in need of an officer or the fire department, advises George Panagoulis, director of public safety, use the following schedule: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p. m., phone 2011; 4 p. m. to 12 midnight, phone 4292 or 5016; 12 midnight to 8 a. m., phone 2011. Sunday, phone 4292 or 5016. Home phones of officers are as follows: George Panagoulis, 4292 Albert Attick, 5014 Ernest Walker, 3292 Robert Dove, 3197 John Belton, 4632. When will fishing be opened at the lake? —0. R. “July 1,” says Vincent Holoch wost, director of recreation. Legal Notice Town Ordinance (The fololwing ordinance will be considered by the Town Coun cil Monday night, May 3.) AN ORDINANCE TO REGULATE THE USE OF SWIMMING POOL, TENNIS COURTS, AND BOAT ING ON THE LAKE. OrdinanceN^gfli SECTION I BE IT o vjm ' cil of thjfl| charged use of the swimming pool, the tfennis courts, and boat ing on the Greenbelt Lake shall be as follows: Swimming Pool SECTION II: Single Admissions (adult).— 3sc Single Admissions (under 16 years) 20c Strips of 10 Adult Tickets..s2.oo Strips of 10 Children’s Tickets...7sc Children Under Six Years of age, if accompanied by an adult — No Charge. Towels Tennii Court* SECTION III: AND, BE IT FURTHER OR DAINED that use of tennis courts shall be charged for as follows: For Adults, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. (ex cept Saturdays, Sundays and holidays), 20c per hour. After 3 p.m. and on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays, 30c per hour. For children (under 16 years of age)—9 a.m. to 3 p.m., when adults are not using courts, no charge. After 3 p.m. and on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays, 30c. The above prices cover use for entire court, regardless of num ber playing. Boating SECTION IV: AND BE IT FURTHER OR DAINED that the charges for boating on the lake shall be as follows: For use of boats furnished by the Town of Greenbelt, 20c per hour. Privately owned canoes or boats, $2 per month. SECTION V: BE IT FURTHER ORDAINED that the Town Manager be and he is hereby authorized to prescribe Rules and Regulations for the safety, comfort and convenience of those who may use the swim ming pool, tennis courts, boats or related facilities. SECTION VI: BE IT FURTHER ORDAINED that Ordinance No. XLV, passed by the Council of the Town of Grenbelt, May 13, 1940, is hereby repealed. SECTION VII: AND BE IT FURTHER OR DAINED chat this ordinance shall take effect upon passage.