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NEARLY HALF OF AMERICAN ARMY IS DEMOBILIZED
MUSTERING OUT FASTER THAN IN ANY OTHER WAR, MARCH SAYS
Washington DC, April 12 - Nearly half of the American Army has been demobilized to date. Discharges of officers and men as announced by General March today, number 1,701, 469. Forty six percent of the men have been demobilized and over half of the officers. The total number ordered for demobilization, including those already discharged, is 1,925,000.
Demobilization is moving faster than it did in the civil war or in the Spanish American War, General March said. In three months more men have been discharged than those discharged in a year after the civil war. After the Spanish American War it required more than a year to discharge fewer men than in the first month after the European War ended.
Enlistments up to April 10 were 7,961, General March stated. Those were equally divided between one and three year enlistments. The strength of the army on April 8 was 1.980,506. Of this force 1.326,525 are in the A.E.F.
Since the Armistice was signed 686,114 soldiers and officers have sailed for the US. Health conditions are remarkably good. Gen. March stated influenza cases have reached their lowest level since the epidemic last fall.
In connection with the reports as to the casualty rate during the European war ...."