Life After Discharge - The Real Dope
Front Cover, World War 1 Brochure "Where Do We Go From Here? This is the Real Dope," by Major William Brown Meloney, Ret. Field Artillery, United States Army, 1919. GGA Image ID # 184ca8fb11
William Brown Meloney, who wrote this handbook for soldiers: Where Do We Go From Here? The War Department published five million copies for Soldiers, Sailors, and Marines By War Camp Community Service. Discover why the World War 1 Discharge Guide Booklet was so popular.
Professional and scientific societies are addressing themselves to the task of reabsorbing professional men through special organizations created for the purpose.
Notwithstanding these conditions, the country is prepared to reabsorb its fighting forces in civil life. The quickness of readjustment, however, depends on the spirit in which you meet your country.
We, on our part, want to continue to serve you and your family until you are once more settled in civil life, with the same spirit in which we were ready to serve both them and you while you were under arms.
At the end of that time, however, the estate which you have acquired is of far greater value than the average estate of the man who works at a city trade or other profession.
Any man who has no assurance of immediate civilian employment may remain in the service until he obtains employment, or the Government gets him a job.
A furlough of one month is given to each man who re-enlists, which means, of course, a 30-day vacation with pay and allowances and the privilege of going home and returning to your station for a 1-cent a mile railroad fare.
In addition to this travel allowance, officers and enlisted men are entitled to purchase a ticket home for two-thirds of the regular fare, providing that the purchase is made, and the journey begun within 24 hours after being discharged.
If it is your desire to go home in uniform, it is your privilege to do so, under full grant of an act of the Congress. You may wear your issue uniform as long as it hangs together if you wish.
The prescribed wound and service chevrons, and special individual decorations, such as The Medal of Honor, The Distinguished Service Cross, The Distinguished Service Medal, The Victory Medal and the appropriate ribbon sections, are a part of the uniform.