GENERAL SERVICE AND STAFF COL LEGE. A military school for the further tech nical and professional education of military offi cers of the United States Army, situated at Fort Leavenworth, Kan. Subsequent to the dec laration of war with Spain in 1898, there were appointed in the line of the army 1542 lieuten ants, in addition to those appointed from the Military Academy. Of this number 616 had previously served as officers of volunteers; 414 were appointed from the ranks of the regular and volunteer regiments; and 512 were appoint ed from civil life. At the conclusion of hostili ties Congress made provision for the reopening of the army schools for commissioned officers, which had of necessity been closed during the war, and at the sonic time enlarged and devel oped the Fort Leavenworth School into a general service and staff college. Every effort was put forth to bring the standard of technical and professional proficiency of the officers above men tioned up to that of the West Point graduate. The staff of the college detailed to assist the commandant, who is also the commanding officer of the post of Fort Leavenworth, consists of an assistant' commandant, and the instructors in charge of departments. The instructors are de
tailed by the War Department, and there are four departments—tactics, engineering, military law, military sanitation and hygiene. The course of instruction covers one year of two terms, the first term beginning on the 1st of September, unless that date fall on Saturday or Sunday, in which case the course begins on the following Monday. It ends on the 21st of December, con cluding with the semi-annual examinations. The second term embraces the period from the 4th of January to the 30th of June following, con cluding with the final examinations. The stu dents are all graded in one class, which is divid ed into sections of convenient size and adaptation. The staff of the college note' the names of stu dents who have shown marked proficiency in any branch, with a view to the student's professional employment in that particular branch. See MILI TARY EDUCATION.