"The Making of the American Military Man" was the central theme of the multi-reel wartime documentary Men of the Hour. The film began with random shots of various military training centers, from the hallowed halls of West Point to the humbler environs of "boot camp." Also given equal time was the training of Naval cadets at Annapolis, and also the "shakedown" cruise of a Navy battleship. Stressed throughout the film was the "Democracy" of the American armed services, as opposed to the rank-by-birth policies adopted in European countries (the various African-American regiments of the period were, however, conspicuous by their absence). Men of the Hour was distributed by William H. Kemble, and was originally accompanied with a "live" lecture (actually a recruiting pitch) by Captain A.P. Simmonds.
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