Executive Order Increasing Enlisted Strength of the U.S. Navy
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By virtue of the authority vested in the President by the Act approved August 29, 1916, entitled “An Act Making appropriations for the Naval Service for the fiscal year ending June thirtieth, nineteen hundred and seventeen, and for other purposes,” it is hereby directed that the authorized enlisted strength of the Navy be increased to 87000 men.
The White House [Washington, DC],
March 24, 1917.
Source Note: DS, DNA, RG 45, Entry 517B. At the bottom of the page is printed “[No. 2559.]”