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Minutes of the University of Kentucky Board of Trustees, 1916-18-nov15-ec.

Part of Minutes of the University of Kentucky Board of Trustees

MINUTES OF THE EXE CJUTIVE BOARD NOVEMBE]R 15. 1916 The Executive board of University of tentuckz met in President Barker's office with Chairman Nichols, seesrs. Johnston, Stoll and B-own present. President Barker read the report made by Cantain Fair- fax and himself affecting the revined course of Silitary Instruction called for at the nrevious meeting of the -6oard. Mr. Stoll moved that the treport be referred to the Baord of Trustees in its forthcoming meeting, December 12 for action with certain sections of the Army bill attached, the aDvended matter to be snread unon the minutes of the Sxecutive hoard. his motion carried. The report follows: November 1, 1916. Pursuant to a motion which was passed at the last meeting of the Executive Committee of the Doard of Trustees of the University of kentucky, held on the 25th of October, 1916, to the effect that the resident :fthe University, Judge Henry 5. Barker, and the Commandant of the Dadets, Caitain John C. Fairfax, .S. Infantry, would be requested to report upon the proposed system of the iiatlonal Defense Act. known as the officers* lieserve Training Corps. these officials resnectfully report and recommend as follows: Under the so-called National Defense Act, which be- came a law on June 3. of this year, urovision is made there- in for the establishment of the Reserve Officers' Train- ing Corps, the object of the latter being "to qun~lify, by systematin arn! stanrdrrd methods of training, students at civil educational institutions for reserve officers"; nrimarily, the lower grad-9 of officers in the reserve, until the scheme shall have become Derfecte6. This university has it in its power to decide whether or not it desires to maiht&in one or more units (comnanies) of the R.O.T.C. If It does, being an institution of learning maintained under the so-called Morrell Act of 1862, the training, will be comnulsory for all male students over fourteen years of age, whose bodily condition indicates tha they are Dhysically fit to perform military duty under U.S. Army regulations, or, who will be so upon arri- val at military age. If the University should decide not to maintain any units of the R.O.T.C., things in the 1fi1- itary Denartment would remain in statu quo, as the korrell Act is not r oealed, simply enlarged by the National Defense Act. In connection with the above, ,ranting that the Univer- sity should come in under the N.D. cet, would be the pro- vision for the housin6 of one of mope Army non-commissioned officers as assistants to the Army officer on duty at the University. ehe Fovernnent will give these soldiers full