5th Edition
A Ready Reference on Customs and Correct Procedures
Which Pertain to Commercial Officers of the 
Army of the United States


Introduction. Assignment to duty with units of the Army outside the continental limits of the mainland of the United States is classified as foreign service. This includes service in Alaska, Puerto Rico, the Panama Canal Zone, Hawaii, and in the Philippine Islands. The large permanent garrisons maintained in Hawaii, the Canal Zone, and in the Philippines provide exceptional opportunities for valuable experience with all arms and services, with the combined arms, and with the Navy. The training is unique in that it is conducted in the very areas of possible war engagements. The opportunity for travel and the enjoyment if experiencing life abroad thus provided is considered by most officers as a particularly desirable feature of Army life.

All stations on foreign service which are occupied by United States troops are  in  healthy  localities.  The living  standards  of  these


garrisons are at 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. The War Department  makes  the  selection  of  officers  to  be  assigned  to