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Vol. 3—No. 48 U. S. NAVY PRE-FLIGHT SCHOOL, CHAPEL HILL, N. C. Friday, August 24, 1945 NOW-WHERE WERE WE ? br C*np N«wiptp«r S«r Navy Discloses Demobilizing Point System Naval personnel everywhere turned score-keepers last week as the Navy Department an nounced its plan of demobili zation and set forth critical scores for four classifications of enlisted and officer personnel. The plan establishes a formula giving credit for age, length of service, and dependency on the following basis: One-half point is allowed for each year of age, figured to the nearest birthday. One-half point is allowed for each full month of active duty since Sept. 1, 1939. Ten points are allowed for a state of dependency existing as of the effective date, regard less of the number of depen dents. The four critical scores are 44 for enlisted male personnel, 29 for enlisted WAVE personnel, 49 for male officer personnel and 35 for WAVE officer per sonnel. Medal Winners Regardless of the point score, persons who have received one of the higher combat decorations are eligible for release upon re quest. These awards include the Medal ’of Honor, Navy Cross, i Distinguished Service Cross (Army), Legion of Merit (if for combat), Silver Star Medal, and the Distinguished Flying Cross (if for combat). Certain individuals will con tinue to be eligible for release or discharge under conditions such as extreme hardship cases in volving dependency and enlisted men age 42 and over who re quest release. The Navy estimates that ap proximately 327,000 are imme diately eligible for release under the demobilization plan. As a means of reaching its goal of releasing between 1,500,- 000 and 2,500,000 men within a year to 18 months, the Navy De partment expects to lower the critical scores, but this action will depend upon military com mitments. (Continuedon Page 4) No Cloudbuster Last Week Because of the peace holiday at the printshop the Cloudbuster was not published last week. However, a spread of pictures taken during the celebration here appears on page three of this issue. I Band Is Reduced To 23 Members Size of the Navy Pre-Flight band was cut from 45 to 23 with the transfer of 22 musicians last week. This activity has had one of the few 45-piece bands in the Navy since July, 1942, when the original contingent of musicians reported here from Norfolk, Va. The first band was transferred for overseas duty in April, 1944, when the present group arrived from Great Lakes, 111. The remainder of the" Sunday afternoon band concerts plan ned for the summer have been cancelled. Five Officers Become Lieutenant Commanders Congratulations went the rounds during the past week for five officers here who were pro moted to the rank of lieutenant commander. The new two-and- a-half stripers are Harry M. Glick, permanent officer-of-the- day; Edward F. Fogarty, recog nition training officer; Wesley Gingerich, navigation training officer; Charles H. Norby, ENS training officer; and R. J. Yeiser, dental officer. 70th Bait Scores 195 Points to Win Regimental Honors Although failing to come out ahead in any of the four main divisions of competition, the 70th Battalion of Lt. C. A. Rob inson compiled sufficient points in each activity to win the regi mental title last week with an overall score of 195. The 70th finished second in Military, Academics, and the Sports Pro gram, and third in Class Ath letics. Runner-up in the competition was the 69th Battalion which rolled up 170 points, including first place in Class Athletics. Honors in Academics and in the Sports Program went to the 73rd Battalion, while the 71st was tops in Military. A summary of the point-mak ing follows: 68 69 70 71 72 73 Military 10 25 50 75 0 0 Academics 0 10 50 25 0 75 Cl. Athletics’ 50 75 25 0 10 0 Sports Prog 10 60 70 45 55 75 Totals 70 170 195 145 65 150 74th Batt Arrives The 74th Battalion, consisting of 155 trainees, reported here for training during the past week. Schedule Resumed After Celebration After duly celebrating the cessation of hostilities last week, all hands have returned to their duties under the regular pre surrender training schedule. For despite rumors, counter rumors, and the usual scuttle butt, the termination of hostili ties did not mean an end to the Navy’s pilot training program. “No definite information is available at this time as to the degree of future operation of the Navy’s Pre-Flight training pro gram,” Comdr. James P. Raugh, commanding officer, stated last Wednesday. “However, it is an ticipated that the naval aviation training program will swing into a peacetime status which naturally will entail a reduction of trainee imput into the Pre- ! Flight phase.” Victory Message The end of hostilities last week brought a “Well Done” message from Rear Admiral O. B. Hardison, USN, Chief of Naval Air Primary Training, as well as from the commanding officer. The victory message of Ad miral Hardison follows: “There has been achieved to day that common purpose to which all men and women in the U. S. naval service dedi cated their best efforts ashore and afloat, complete victory over all our enemies. “On this historic date, al though no one can question that we have every reason for gen eral thanksgiving and rejoicing, our celebration of victory should and will be tempered by the knowledge of sorrow and heart break in many families from which heroic members have made the supreme sacrifice, are listed as missing or are suffering from severe wounds of war. And we will not forget that while the cessation of combat soon will release many to peacetime civilian pursuits, there will be many others whose duty will require them for some time to continue to serve their country in uniform both here and abroad. “We should all unite now in prayer, not only to offer thanks for the victory accomplished but to pray for divine guidance (Continued on Page 2)

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