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January 27, 1912

The Army Canteen

JAMA. 1912;LVIII(4):295. doi:10.1001/jama.1912.04260010295026

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To the Editor:  —I read with great interest the correspondence from Col. L. M. Maus (The Journal, Jan. 13, 1912, p. 130) giving his view of the Army canteen.The government expends many millions every year to train soldiers. If the soldier is simply for garrison duty in the home land it is of little importance whether or not, he has a canteen, but if we are training soldiers to go into the field, at home or abroad, to fight, we should keep beer and other "booze" out of the garrison. The soldier who has acquired the "light" beer or wine habit is frequently an ideal garrison soldier and just as often absolutely useless when in the field. He misses his beer or wine, talks about it, is discontented; homesickness and nostalgia develop and he is worse than useless as a soldier. lie cannot throw off the habit of years.

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