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RED CROSS STILL NEEDS DRIVERS

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RED CROSS STILL NEEDS DRIVERS

The Harvard Crimson
November 22, 1918

Chauffeurs Will Receive One Month's Training for Reconstruction Work.

Although hostilities have ceased in Europe, the truck drivers sent over by the American Red Cross will be still kept at work for an indefinite period, covering at least a year. Their work will consist largely in transporting food and clothing to the poor in the districts evacuated by the Germans, and in aiding generally in the reconstruction work.

A large number of young men with experience in automobile driving who are not restricted by draft regulations are needed to fill up the numbers of the corps.

There are no fixed age limits. A recruiting office has been established at the headquarters of the New England division of the Red Cross at 755 Boylston street, Boston, to enroll all men that apply and give them their instructions.

When a man is enrolled and has passed the physical examination, he is sent as soon a possible to the truck drivers' camp in Chicago, under the direction of Maj. Harding. Here he is tried out by the authorities to make sure of his ability to drive an automobile, and then he is put in training for about a month. During the period of training he is taught the mechanics of automobile construction and is given actual practice in repairing them. After a month of training he is sent across with a unit and begins active service in about the same status as a private in the army.



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