The George C. Marshall Papers


Memorandum by the Examining Board

The board met at the call of the president, and proceeded with the examination of George Catlett Marshall, Jr., Danville Military Institute, Danville, Virginia, who appeared before the board in accordance with instructions from the War Department and from the board. The standing of the candidate in the various subjects upon which he was examined, as per instructions from the War Department, and under General Orders, as shown by appended papers, is as follows:
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The applicant, George Catlett Marshall, Jr., Danville Military Institute, Danville, Virginia, having attained an average in each subject of 65 per cent, and having attained a general average of 70 per cent, the board considers him as having passed, and as well qualified for the position of a commissioned officer in the United States Army.
The board, however, finds that Mr. Marshall will not be twenty-one years of age until December 31, 1901. It therefore recommends that he be commissioned after that date. He is recommended for artillery on account of high standing.[1]
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    [1]On his application form Marshall listed his preference of service branches as "1st Artillery 2nd Infantry 3rd Cavalry." West Point graduates, primarily because of the mathematical emphasis of their training, were recommended for commissions in the Engineers, Ordnance, Artillery, Cavalry, and Infantry in the order of their graduation standing, thereby establishing a rough order of status for the branches. (Black, "The Education and Training of Army Officers," p. 30.)