The following is from the typewritten manual from
Clerk School 17th Training Battalion,
Ft. McClellan, Alabama
(no date on the title page, but the logo incorporates an M1 Garand, so that helps date it to post 1938 or so)
Requisites of a Good Clerk
- Be a neat soldier.
Be a courteous soldier, especially over the telephone.
- Be helpful to your associates.
- Keep your desk neat.
- Never place official papers in the desk drawers.
- Never call for a report if the information is at hand.
- Never practice idle conversation in the office.
- Try to answer your own questions; check files first, but don't hesitate to ask your superiors.
- Never fail to bring errors to the attention of the responsible party.
- Get a good ash tray and use it.
- Never leave work overnight that can be done today.
- Neatness in correspondence makes a good clerk.
- Simplify your work.
- THINK--it pays.
- Obey orders
- Read correspondence after preparation.
- Check lists are superior to memory.
- Clerks in the companies expect the right answers.