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World War I

America’s entry into World War I required the training of thousands of American Soldiers across the nation. During the summer and fall of 1917 facilities were greatly expanded, and a cantonment named Camp Funston was built five miles east of the permanent post. This training site was one of 16 across the country and could accommodate from 30,000 men to 50,000 men.

The first division to train at Camp Funston, the 89th, sailed for France in the spring of 1918. The 10th Division also received training at Funston, but the armistice came before the unit was sent overseas. The camp was commanded by Maj. Gen. Leonard Wood. A Military Officers Training Camp was established in the Camp Whitside area to train doctors and other medical personnel.

Armistice Day, Nov. 11, 1918, beckoned to a world made safe for democracy and one that heralded a new day for the horse cavalry. The War Department directed service schools be created for all arms of service. As a result, in 1919, the Mounted Service School, which had ceased to function during the war, was redesignated as the Cavalry School. The change was sudden and abrupt.

The new school recognized the need for courses broader in scope while at the same time being more general in character.

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