All stations on foreign service which are occupied by United States troops are in healthy localities. The living standards of these
garrisons areat least equal to home stations, in most respects, and exceed them in some important particulars. The augmentation of these garrisons during 1939-40 has, however, presented a difficult problem with respect to quarters and conditions in this respect will continue to be abnormal during the emergency.
Length of Tour. The length of the tour on all foreign service assignments is two years. This period may be extended by the War Department in case of insurrection or threatened hostilities. Foreign service Department Commanders may extend or curtail tours by as much as three months to make the best use of transport accommodations. The date of beginning a tour of foreign service is the date of arrival in the overseas department; it ends in the date of departure.
Selection for Assignment to Foreign Service. TheWar Department makes the selection of officers to be assigned to