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WASHINGTON, December 30, 1915. I-_The orders of the Secretary of War, communicated January 22, 1912, (1) that all articles of uniform clothing which have been issued to a soldier will, upon his dishonorable discharge, be retained by the United States and will, when not required for his use as a general prisoner, be disposed of as is the clothing of deserters; and (2) that the distinctive articles of uniform which may be transferred with a general prisoner to the prison designated for confinement will be limited to those which he is compelled to wear, and all other articles of the uniform will be retained and disposed of as provided for deserters' clothing, are hereby modified to read as follows:
1. When an enlisted man is dishonorably discharged and released from military control, all distinctive articles of uniform pertaining to him will be retained by the United States and disposed of as is the clothing of deserters. General prisoners under sentence for statutory or common law crimes or misdemeanors either alone or in connection with purely military offenses will be provided immediately after receipt of sentence with the special clothing for general prisoners as contemplated by paragraph 1170, Army Regulations. All articles of distinctive uniform pertaining to such general prisoners will be retained by the United States and disposed of as is the clothing of deserters.
2. All articles of distinctive uniform pertaining to general prisoners under sentence for purely military offenses alone will be removed from the possession of each such prisoner immediately after receipt of sentence. Such clothing will be listed, marked, and stored under custody of the prison officer (or adjutant), and will be available for return to the prisoner should he be restored to duty. This clothing will accompany the prisoner to the post or disciplinary barracks to which he is sent for his confinement, and will be available, in whole or in part, for use by the prisoner at a disciplinary barracks upon his enrollment in a disciplinary organization, Upon the release from military control of general prisoners of this class, either at a post or a disciplinary barracks, without restoration to duty, the clothing in reference will be retained by the United States, and at
posts it will be disposed of as is deserters' clothing, but at the disciplinary barracks it will be taken up by the quartermaster and will be available for issue to men restored to duty, if suitable for that purpose, or for conversion into special clothing for use of general prisoners.
3. Except as authorized for disciplinary organizations, the wearing by a general prisoner of any distinctive article of the uniform provided for enlisted men is prohibited unless in cases of temporary emergency. In no case will any distinctive article of the uniform prescribed for enlisted men be marked with the letter "P.”
4. Special clothing for general prisoners at posts will be supplied on requisition to the depot quartermaster, Philadelphia, Pa.
5. The Army Regulations and the Manual of Interior Guard Duty will be amended when the next general revision is made, so as to remove any apparent conflict with the above provisions.
[2305740 K-A. G. 0.] II.-General Orders, No. 28, War Department, 1908, as amended by Paragraph II, General Orders, No. 144, War De partment, 1908, relating to additional pay of enlisted men, Philippine Scouts, for qualification in rifle practice, is re scinded, the matter being covered by paragraph 13451, Army Regulations, as published in Changes, Army Regulations, No. 37, War Department, 1915.
[2338794, A. G. 0.] III.-The Signal Corps depot at Fort Sam Houston, Tex., is announced as a general supply depot of the Signal Corps. The officer in charge will report to and act under the direct supervision of the Chief Signal Officer of the Army in all matters pertaining to his duties in connection with the depot.
[2347405, A. G. O.] BY ORDER OF THE SECRETARY OF WAB:
H. L. SCOTT,
Major General, Chief of Staff. OFFICIAL: H. P. MOCAIN,
The Adjutant General.
(NOTE.-Bulletin No. 52, is the last of the series for 1914.]
WAR DEPARTMENT, No. 1. S
WASHINGTON, January 15, 1915. The following digest of opinions of the Judge Advocate General of the Army for the month of December, 1914, and of certain decisions of the Comptroller of the Treasury, is published for the information of the service in general.
[2246181, A. G. 0.]
A. L. MILLS,
Acting Chief of Staff.
The Adjutant General.