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Part of Minutes of the University of Kentucky Board of Trustees

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Captain Fairfax, Commandant of the 3attalion, appeared before the Committee relative to the revision of the Military Bi1l posed by Congress in juna. Captain s'airfa7 eaid: Unider the 3lNational iDefanse Act, which beenme a law on June 3, of this year, provesion is made therein for the as- ttblishmeat. in institutionrs of learnin. of the Reaesve ')ffie rs Training Corps. 1he object of this Corps Is to train stu ints for the reeervr officers, pri;marily for tieutenant, In tiole of Sanr. his institation cnn decide whether or not it desires to come under thre provisions of this act Qs it seeS fit' 1f It decides not to do so things will reurain In %tatu quo. as .military instruction Is compulsory for this class of aducational Institations under the so-called Morrell kct of 1862. Lhe 4nr Deartment. however, would like to know from the lboard of Trustees, whether or not this Insti- tution desires to have itself enrolled as being prepared to handle one or more units of thre 1-.O.T.C. om-:)any. that Is, unate. Another tbing that your comaittee Is to bring before you is that when this RO.T.C. shall have gone into- effect, two nonceomissioned officers of the Army will be detailed here as my assistants. The sovernment will -iv them full allowances. but would litke the Board of Trustees or the Zx~ecutlve Go-ttoo, to stpte whether or not th6 ey are willing to house these two non commissioned of0Ifoers. 1t is pr2balb that one of them will be married. the other single. -he earried man would pro- bably require a four or five room house somewhere adjacent to the Uiversity. 'Ihe Single man coald live In a. room In one of the dormi teries. f a reosn In one of the dormitories coad be svarecl, It would not involve any rent to be aid. Tbe o ther would require a certain amount of rent to be paid. -'ut the prioalipl e qngstion to decide is whether the sehool will adopt the Reserve fficers Training %orps or not. Your Committee will not ex4laln what the 3&eserve %Crps eoeets to do for the atudent and what the 4overnment ez-Pets in return. I &.m not going Anto It In all its details but broadly, It i thise The two lover cl asses, as now, will be required to drill three hours per week, but only those who are nhysi9oaly fit for war as covered by the army regalAtlons will be admitted to the R.O.T.C., due ellow-naes being made for youth and thre pro- miss of physioal fitness, if not at tiae of examination up to said standard upon arrival at Military age. &L11 of theos Men who pass the physisol amanminatior and enroll In the ieerve Officers Training '-orpe till be given uniforms free of charge by the 'aovernment. After those two years shall have been coraeleted, if a cadet, with the nproval of the 2reeldent and aommandaut, then electg to take two years more, In nature of finishing work, he has to agree In writing to devote five hours per week to mnilitary work. g0 still gets his uniform but In addition he gets thirty cents per day for commutatton of rations all the time he ti taking this course. For this additional allowende, he must Dromnise to attend at least one summer trainign amp. similar to those held at latteaburg, and one more until al years of age, after which he can apply for and take the examnina- tion for a 2nd TleUtenantCy, If he so desires to do so but he