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By MAJOR JAMES A. Moss
24th U. S. Infantry
PRINTED AUGUST, 1916
Being a service manual consisting of a compilation in convenient, handy form, of "Customs of the Service" and other matters of a practical, worth-knowing nature-things of value and assistance to the inexperienced-most of which can not be found in print, but must be learned by experience—often by doing that which we should not do or by failing to do that which we should do.
Sales AGENTS: THE U. S. CAVALRY ASSOCIATION, FORT LEAVEN WORTH, KANSAS, and THE GEORGE BANTA PUBLISHING CO., MENASHA, Wis. $2.50, postpaid.
Suggestions whereby "OFFICERS MANUAL” may be made more complete or otherwise improved in any way will be thankfully received. Q The author is especially desirous of getting ideas, "Kinks” of a practical, worth-knowing nature—anything that anyone may have found by experience to be a convenience, to systematize things, to save time and labor. Q Questions on “Customs of the Service” or any other subject about points not covered in the Manual will be gladly answered. Permanent address : c/o The Adjutant General, U. S. Army, War Department,
Washington, D. C.
Copyright 1911 by J. A. Moss
of the army some day will be Our Colonele and Ginerale.
Hdqua. Northern Lirsion,
July 5; 1906.
"He gains wisdom in a happy way, who gains
it by another's experience.”—PLAUTUS.
“No man's personal experience can be so val
uable as the compared and collated expe-
HIS Manual is a compilation of “Customs
of the Service” and other matters of a practical, worth-knowing nature—things of
value and assistance to the inexperiencedmost of which can not be found in print, but must be learned by experience-often by doing that which we should not do or by failing to do that which we should do.
The idea of the publication of the book originated in the need the author himself, when a subaltern, often felt for such a Manual—a feeling shared and heard expressed time and again by fellow-officers.
Although the manuscript was prepared with much care, patience, and labor, the author realizes the Manual is far from perfect, and will merely say he has made an honest, sincere effort to place in the hands of our subalterns, in simple, convenient, and useful form, information the need of which he often felt during the early days of his experience as an officer, and the possession of which would have saved time and trouble to himself and others, avoided the commission of errors, and given a feeling of confidence and satisfaction instead of one of uncertainty and discomfort,
Formerly this manual consisted of two parts—the book proper and the supplement pamphlet, the former containing matter not subject to change by War Department orders or Army Regulations, while the latter consisted of matter subject to such change. However, beginning with this lot of manuals the supplement has been discontinued and any reference thereto that may be made in the manual proper should, therefore, be disregarded.
August 17, 1914.