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Bell Fighter

The Army’s newest battle of the skies. Armed with five machine guns, the Bell Fighter is the most formidable fighting plane in the U. S. Air Corps

Planes such as the Bell Fighter pictured above are being added to the nation’s air force as fast as modern production methods can supply them. To man this equipment the army is daily adding to its ground and air strength.
The President’s recent proclamation increasing the regular army to 227,000 soldiers opens an unusual opportunity to intelligent young men with their eyes on the future.
Seven hundred young men meeting army requirements will be recruited before December 31 in the eight mid-western states of the Seventh Corps Area for service at McChord Field, the new Air Corps station near Tacoma, Washington.
Applicants must be 18 to 35 years of age, unmarried and must pass a physical examination. Enlistment is for three years and advancement rests largely with the individual. The army is rapidly becoming mechanized and the opportunity for the man with technical or craft training is greater than ever before, with substantial increases in pay ratings for specialists. Enlistments will be taken for the Air Corps proper and the Air Corps Medical and Quartermaster units.
An applicant for enlistment to the Air Corps must have a high school education, or its equivalent or a journeyman rating in a mechanical trade.
McChord Field adjoins Fort Lewis, Washington, recognized as the most ideally situated army post in the United States. Fort Lewis is midway between Tacoma, a city of 140,000 and Olympia, the State Capital. Seattle, 400,000 population is a two-hour drive on the Pacific highway. The Fort Lewis reservation, 76,000 acres is literally a hunter’s and fisherman’s paradise, with deer, ducks, geese, pheasant, trout and salmon in abundance. The reservation includes every kind of terrain, high mountains, beautiful forests and mountain streams and the sea itself. The climate is mild, there is seldom a freeze, and Fort Lewis is rarely muddy due to the sandy-loam soil. Information regarding the nearest recruiting station may be obtained at your post office.

From page 2 of the 30 November 1939 issue of the Courier Tribune