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WASHINGTON, January 1, 1939. The following publication, entitled “Military Laws of the United States, 1939," prepared in the Office of the Judge Advocate General of the Army, is published for the information and guidance of all concerned.
It contains the permanent and general laws of the United States now in force which affect the War Department or the Military Establishment, including legislation of the Seventy-fifth Congress. It also contains certain temporary provisions which have been repeated from year to year. These carry the citation of the appropriation act in which they first appeared, modifications in subsequent acts being indicated by italicizing words omitted and adding new language in brackets.
The inclusion of doubtful provisions of law (with the exception of a few retained by reason of their historical interest) has been governed by pertinent opinions of the Judge Advocate General. Where the United States Code authorities are not in accord with the Judge Advocate General in such cases, explanatory notes have been added.
All provisions of law published in the 1929 edition and supplement V thereto are reprinted in this work under the same section numbers, except as otherwise indicated in table VIII. Certain transfers have been made, to avoid duplication and effect a more logical arrangement. Provisions repealed, superseded, expired, or held obsolete have been eliminated, with an explanatory note in each case under the original section number. The chapter headings "Public Buildings and Grounds in the District of Columbia,” “Transportation,” and “Utilities” have been eliminated, and “Supplies and Equipment” divided into two chapters, thus reducing the number of chapters from 40 to 38.
The annotations of court decisions and opinions of the Attorney General published in supplement V, Military Laws of 1929, and those added since the publication of supplement V, are included in this work. The annotations contained in the 1929 edition have not been republished.
In addition to the usual tables for facilitating references to the Constitution, Revised Statutes, Statutes at Large, and United States Code, there have been included a list of Acts Cited by Popular Names, together with tables showing the National Defense Act as amended, recurring provisions in appropriation acts, citations of Executive orders, and eliminations and transfers of matter contained in the 1929 edition.