Where Do We Go From Here? This Is The Real Dope - 1919

Front Cover, Where Do We Go From Here? - This Is the Real Dope by William Brown Meloney, 1919.

Front Cover, Where Do We Go From Here? - This Is the Real Dope by William Brown Meloney, 1919. GGA Image ID # 186a421fb9

WWI Discharge Guide Booklet. Published for soldiers, sailors and marines by War Camp Community Service. © 1919, Thomsen-Ellis Press, Baltimore.  60 Pages. 


  1. The Uniform
  2. The Red Chevron
  3. Clothing and Equipment
  4. The Victory Metal
  5. Decorations
  6. Discharge
  7. Re-enlistment
  8. Employment outside of the Military
  9. Educational Opportunities

If you get stuck about anything; if you feel, after waiting a reasonable time, that some department of the Government has overlooked you, or is unjustly impatient with you—is not giving you a square deal—do not hesitate to write to Col. Arthur Woods, War Department, Washington, D. C.

This is your book. Don't let go of it until you are back on your old job or a better one.

Even then it will be worthwhile to tuck it away in an inside pocket of your City or in your own corner of the house, for, although you will be out of the service, still you will wish to know just where to send your War Risk Insurance premiums each month or how and when to swing or convert your insurance at the proper time, or perhaps get hold of those elusive Liberty Bonds, or advise an old Buddy or Gob what is best to do; for instance, where to look for a job, or get a line on his back pay. All of that's in it, and beaucoup besides.

It is meant to be your "Handy Andy." It was prepared especially for you, by direction of Col. Arthur Woods, Assistant to the Secretary of War. Its single purpose is to bring to you in the simplest, quickest, and most accurate form the things which every man who has served in The Great War must know to put him in touch again with God's Country.

In some respects the information in the paragraphs on "The Uniform," "The Red Chevron," "Clothing and Equipment," "The Victory Medal," "Decorations," "Must I Be Discharged Immediately?" "How May a Discharge Be Hastened?"
"Discharge of Officers," and "Retention of Officers," is not strictly applicable to former Navy men.

Where the information given does not meet your needs, you are advised to communicate with the nearest Naval Recruiting Officer, the Commandant of the Naval District in which you reside, or with the Navy Department, Washington, D. C., asking for the information you require.

Although the jurisdiction of the War Department and the Navy Department comes to an end, of course, the instant you are discharged, they wish both officers and men to feel that their interest in them will not cease. It is the Departments' desire to assist every man leaving the services to locate himself again in civil life, and to play the game of peace as successfully and victoriously as he played the sternest of all games.

The spirit of this desire is the same as that which finds expression on the part of the individual to whose lot it may fall to put out his hand to an old bunkie or shipmate and do the thing or say the word needed to help him toward success. It is the spirit which springs eternally from the comradeship of arms.

In order to make the War Department's desire a vital thing during the period of reabsorption of troops, the Secretary of War appointed Col. Woods his assistant, and at the request of the Acting Secretary of the Navy, Col. Woods and the forces at his disposal will do for the man who is taking off the Blues or the Greens the things which are being done for him who is laying aside the 0. D.

Acknowledgement is made to the American Red Cross for its contribution of part of the paper for use in this book.


  • Agriculture 51, 53, 55
  • Air Service 39
  • Allotments 18
  • American Red Cross 41
  • Application for Compensation 13
  • Artificial Limbs 43
  • Back Pay 17
  • Beneficiaries 8
  • Bonus on Discharge 6, 15
  • Books 58
  • Bureau for Returning Soldiers, Sailors and Marines 46, 47
  • Civil Rights 14, 50
  • Civil Service 47
  • Clothing 28
  • Coast Artillery 39
  • College Men 58, 59
  • Compensation 12
  • Conversion of Insurance 8
  • Decorations 31
  • Disability 12
  • Discharge 5, 33
  • Discharge Chevron 26
  • Discharge of Officers 34
  • Equipment 28
  • Education 59
  • Employment 46


  • Army 38
  • Marine Corps 40
  • Navy 40


  • Farms 51, 53, 55
  • Fourragere 31
  • Friends 40
  • Homestead Laws 51
  • Hun Cooties 27
  • Income Tax 20
  • Insurance 7
  • Jobs  46
  • Land 51, 53
  • Lapel Button 32
  • Liberty Belt 33
  • Liberty Loan Bonds 20
  • Mining Rights 50, 51
  • Motor Transport Corps 39
  • Naval Reserve Force 23
  • Navy Uniform 25
  • Non-Commissioned Officers 37


  • Retention 36
  • Discharge 34
  • Leave of Absence 34


  • Pay, Claims for Back 17
  • Pay on Discharge 6
  • Pension (see Compensation) 7
  • Policies, Insurance 8, 14
  • Premiums 8 9, 10, 11
  • Private Insurance 14
  • Professional Men 57
  • Purchase of Clothing 29
  • Railroad Men 49
  • Reduction of Non-Commissioned Officers 37
  • Sam Browne Belt 33
  • Sickness after Discharge 42
  • Tank Corps 40
  • Toilet Articles 28
  • Travel Allowance 6
  • Uniform 21, 28
  • United States Employment Service 46
  • Victory Button 32
  • Victory Medal 29
  • Vocational Training 43
  • War Risk Insurance 7
  • Zone Finance Officer 6, 7

Where Do We Go From Here? This Is the Real Dope
by William Brown Meloney, Late Major EA United 5tates Army
Published for Soldiers, Sailors and Marines by War Camp Community Service

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