By Henry G. Gole
Every person likes an outstanding tale. And it is a very good tale, a couple of younger guy from the Dakotas named invoice DePuy, who graduates from South Dakota nation university in 1941 with an ROTC fee, simply in time for the nice conflict. earlier than the warfare ended, he have been a vital part of the transformation of a U.S. military struggling with division—the 90th—from one of many worst within the ecu Theater to probably its most sensible. He informed with the department for over years and helped take it to England after which Normandy as a tender officer, the place he watched it fight within the hedgerows and waste thousands of its squaddies by the hands of bad leaders. He then spent the remainder of the 308 days the department fought making sure that his a part of the group fought good and no soldier used to be ever wasted. He began the battle as a eco-friendly lieutenant and complete it because the department G-3 and a lieutenant colonel, having commanded a battalion and earned the prestigious provider go and 3 Silver Stars, all ahead of his twenty-sixth birthday.
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It is not, therefore, surprising that trade negotiations took place with no fewer than eight European states—France, Spain, Portugal, Russia, Prussia, Holland, Poland and the Two Sicilies—in the years 1784–92. Few produced substantial outcomes but the importance Pitt gave them was a measure of his priorities. Following Smith again, he saw trade expansion within Europe as a means of making good the loss of the American colonies. Since other European nations were seeking commercial arrangements anyway, it seemed doubly important not to be left behind.
Other important initiatives included replacing the old system of payment of fees with salaries for new appointments. The change implied a rate for the job rather than remuneration which might not relate at all to the nature of the task. The work of government employees was subjected to much greater inspection. In modern parlance, their productivity went up substantially. Important improvements to both army and naval administration were introduced, not least by Sir Charles Middleton (later Lord Barham), Comptroller of the Navy Office.
The Board of Taxes and the Excise Board were also strengthened; financial administration and accountability were substantially tightened. Pitt’s Consolidated Fund Act of 1787 also greatly simplified collection procedures and did away with most of the 103 separate Exchequer revenue accounts (Christie, 1982, 187). Other important initiatives included replacing the old system of payment of fees with salaries for new appointments. The change implied a rate for the job rather than remuneration which might not relate at all to the nature of the task.