|"During the war the American public learned, for
the time being, at least, that the preparation of
officers after the declaration of war is a costly thing
to say the least. By a special act of Congress the
Reserve Officers Training Corps was created...
and Sophomores, unless granted special permission, must
take the two year basic course, where they learn the
fundamentals of efficiency and discipline so fundamental
to the soldier. During this course they also become
acquainted with the construction and operation of the
various mechanisms used in the field artillery.
The last two years constitutes a course which is
elective, but once elected, must be completed. In this
course the student learns the theory and practice
solution of the various problems which confront an
executive in the field artillery." --Silver Spruce,