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& Recruiting service. Recruiting officers will take the necessary action to renew existing leases for main and auxiliary stations in accordance with these instructions as soon as the requirements for the ensuing fiscal year have been determined. For lodgings for recruits at all points where regularly required, Proposal and Acceptance Agreement will be executed at the lowest obtainable rate per man per day.
(a) Upon receipt of proper orders from the War Department for opening additional auxiliary stations at any time during the ensuing fiscal year, suitable rooms will be rented at the lowest obtainable rate if funds are available.
(b) Paragraph 1, General Orders, No. 240, War Department, 1909, will be complied with in making new leases; but in making renewals, where the United States has an option, such option will not be given up for the purpose of carrying out the provisions of this order when such action will prove disadvantageous to the Government.
9. Stabling for officers' private mounts.-Stabling is reated for private horses of officers who are required to be mounted (Par. 1272, A. R. 1913, and Bulletin for InspectorInstructors of the Organized Militia, Par. 25, October 10, 1911), and for whose horses public stables are not available; but no stables will be rented where public stables are available, simply because such stable is inconveniently located. Leases for the rental of stable accommodations for officers' private mounts should show first, the total price for which the lessor will feed and stable the mount or mounts; second, the amount that will be paid by the officer who owus the mount or mounts for care; third, the rate for forage and bedding; and fourth, the rate for stable, in order that a proper division of appropriations concerned may be made. A certificate of the officer owning the mount or mounts, stating whether the livery services have been rendered as stated in the lease, and whether he has paid the amount stipulated in the contract for care of the mount or mounts, should be filed with each voucher paid under such contract. There is no appropriation for paying for the care of private mounts, and such service will not be included in the lease, except as above.
10. Camp grounds.-General authority is hereby granted for renting camp grounds at the lowest obtainable rates for troops on authorized practice marches and on “progressive military map work.”
(a) In his decision of October 3, 1905, the Comptroller of the Treasury ruled “That if an officer in command of troops upon the march makes his camping arrangements each night upon balting, he need execute no formal contracts for the use of the camp grounds; but if he contemplates remaining any further or considerable period of time upon such camp grounds, or if the march is performed in accordance with any fixed itinerary and the grounds are engaged by some officer sent ahead of the column in advance of their actual occupation by the troops, contracts in the manner provided by law should be executed."
11. Executing and forwarding leases. With the exception above stated, under head of “Camp Grounds," all rentals must be covered by a written lease, taking effect on the date when the premises are first occupied.
(a) When rentals are secured under formal lease, the leases will be executed in triplicate, one number thereof delivered to the lessor, two numbers forwarded to the Quartermaster General through the officer having charge of the funds for payment of same (department or depot quartermasters), who will state in forwarding whether or not sufficient funds have been apportioned to him to cover the amount called for in leases. One copy of such lease will be retained by leasing officer.
12. Returns Office.-In addition to the number of leases above called for, one copy will be forwarded for the Returns Office, in accordance with paragraph 563, A. R., 1913, but this does not apply to the proposal and acceptance form.
13. Apportionments.—While this order is sufficient authority to rent quarters, the authority is given with the understanding that the liabilities incurred must not exceed the amount authorized or apportioned, and no leases will be entered into without special authority unless funds apportioned are sufficient to cover same.
14. Termination of leases.—When formal leases and other Service contracts are terminated, two copies of the notice of termination will be forwarded to the Quartermaster General. Copies of such notices are not required to be forFarded to the Quartermaster General under the proposal and acceptance agreements, but when such service is to be terminated, written notice thereof should be served upon the lessor or contractor.
[2290234, A. G. O.) BY OEDER OF THE SECRETARY OF WAR:
H. L. SCOTT,
Major General, Chief of Staff. OFFICIAL: H. P. MCCAIN,
The Adjuta: General.
GENERAL ORDERS, WAR DEPARTMENT,
WASHINGTON, June 8, 1915. The following is published to the Army for the information and guidance of all concerned :
1. The act making appropriation for the support of the Army for the fiscal year commencing July 1, 1915, under the heading “Pay of the Army,” provides in part
For commutation of quarters, and of heat and light, to commissioned officers, acting dental surgeons, veterinarians, pay clerks, members of the Nurse Corps, and enlisted men *
Provided, That hereafter, at places where there are no public quarters available, commutation for the authorized allowance therefor shall be paid to commissioned officers, acting dental surgeons, veterinarians, members of the Nurse Corps, and pay clerks at the rate of $12 per room per month; and, when specifically authorized by the Secretary of War, to enlisted men at the rate of $15 per month, or in lieu thereof he may, in his discretion, rent quarters for the use of said enlisted men when so on duty.
Prorided further, That hereafter the Secretary of War may determine where and when there are no public quarters available within the meaning of this or any other act.
(0) Commutation of quarters, commissioned officers, acting dental surgeons, veterinarians, and pay clerks. For the current fiscal year, ending June 30, 1915, the appropriation for commutation of quarters, with respect to commissioned oficers, acting dental surgeons, veterinarians, and pay clerks, is restrictive to those on duty without troops, but for the ensuing fiscal year, commencing July 1, 1915, this restriction is removed and the appropriation becomes available for payment to those on duty with troops, as well as those on duty without troops, at places where there are no public quarters available. Therefore, commencing with July 1, 1915, commissioned officers, acting dental surgeons, veterinarians, and pay clerks on duty with troops at places where there are no public quarters available will not have quarters leased or rented for them as individuals, but will be paid commutation. Post and other commanding officers will be held to strict accountability that no commissioned officer, acting dental surgeon, veterinarian, or pay clerk on duty with troops is permitted to draw commutation of quarters who would not, under the old order of things, have been entitled to have quarters leased or rented for him. With respect to those on duty with troops, it is the intent of the