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Gillis-T mil July 1931

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Monterey Peninsula Herald, CA July 15, 1931
Tom Gillis Now Member of Fifth West Point Unit
Thomas D. Gillis, 412 Cedar Street, Monterey, who was sworn in as a cadet at the U.S. Military academy at West Point on July 1 as a member of his class of 350, has been assigned to the Fifth company by Major General William R. Smith, superintendent. For the next six weeks Cadet Gillis and his classmates will receive an intensive course of instruction in various military subjects including both drills and lectures. Early in August the class will be absorbed into the corps of cadets and will participate in the impressive parades which are held daily. Toward the middle of August the new plebes will take a five day practice march through the foothills of the Catskills, southwest of West Point. During the march they will live in shelter tents and eat from rolling kitchens. The academic year will open September 1. Classroom work will start at 8 a.m. and will extend until 3:00 p.m. with an hour’s intermission for lunch. Drills and comopulsory intra-mural athletics will take up another hour in the afternoon. For the academic work the class will be divided into sections of from ten to fourteen cadets and each man will be required to recite in each subject every day. This fall Cadet Gillis will leave West Point on three occasions, accompanying the corps of cadets to New Haven for the Yale football game, to Pittsburgh for the University of Pittsburgh game and to New York City for the climax game of the season with Notre Dame. His first leave of absence will be granted on December 23, 1932, when he will receive a ten day Christmas leave.

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