The Great Plains During World War II


Units Must Meet Minimum Army

TOPEKA, May 28 (AP)—The Kansas home guard being organized in 33 towns must meet minimum army training requirements, instructions sent today to unit commanders said. Adjutant General M. R. McLean explained training should be directed toward proficiency in these subjects:

  • 1. Basic disciplinary training of the soldier.
  • 2. Physical training, personal hygiene and first aid.
  • 3. Their own interior economy and administration.
  • 4. Their own shelter, supply and movement.
  • 5. Their own security.
  • 6. Signal communication.
  • 7. Protection against chemical agents.
  • 8. Use of nontoxic gas and smoke.
  • 9. Proper care and use of all weapons with which the unit is equipped.
  • 10. Dismounted drill, to include the company.
  • 11. Extended order drill.
  • 12. Methods and formations for suppressing domestic disturbances.

McLean said three units, of three officers and 40 men each, already had been enlisted and mustered into state guard service at Hutchinson, Garden City and Troy. Uniforms, similar in appearance to regular national guard garb, are being made and will be distributed in about 10 days. Rifles are to be furnished by the federal government.