Chances are that if he completed some sort of ROTC or Equivalent training than in those days before the reserves the were called the ORC Organized Reserve Corps which was put into place shortly after WW1. This did not change to the Army Reserves until I believe 1952. Most states at that time had Military State Governments in which the state they served for example my Grandfather was a WW2 Vet received direct commission into the ORC in 1950 based upon his war service and decorations. He was attached to a unit within the Wisconsin Military District.
Thanks for this. I see my question was poorly phrased.
Assuming someone who wanted to volunteer in December 1941, had already been through ROTC and was placed in the ORC, what would be required of him? Would he go through basic training and OCS or would he go become an officer immediately?
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We searched National Archives Catalog and located the series Security Classified Histories, Reports, and Studies Relating to the Army Specialized Training Program, 1943 - 1945 and Security Classified Histories of Military Training in the Service Commands, 1944 - 1945 in the Records of Headquarters Army Service Forces (Record Group 160) that may include the information you are seeking regarding the training of officers during World War II. We also located the series Security Classified General Correspondence, 1942 - 1948 along with 14 series from the War Department’s Operations and Training Division (G-3) and three from its successor the Organization and Training Division (G-3) in the Records of the War Department General and Special Staffs (Record Group 165) that may include records relevant to your research. In addition, we located the series General Decimal Files, 1942 - 1948 and Subject Files, 1942 - 1946 in the Records of Headquarters Army Ground Forces (Record Group 337) that may be useful as well. Plus, you may be interested in the records described in Reference Information Paper 78, A Finding Aid to Records Relating to Personal Participation in World War II ("The American Soldier" Surveys). For more information about these non-digitized records, please contact the National Archives at College Park - Textual Reference (RDT2) via email at email@example.com.
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We suggest reviewing these resources mentioned in our previous reply, such as The Personnel of the Army of the United States: Information Regarding the Appointment, Enlistment, and Induction of Commissioned Officers, Army Nurses, Warrant Officers, Cadets, Officer Candidates and Enlisted Men, March 26, 1942 for information about the various ways that a person could enter the military and the procedures used as well as The Procurement and Training of Ground Combat Troops by Robert R. Palmer, Bell I. Wiley and William R. Keast from the U.S. Army Center of Military History.
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