817.1051/619: Telegram

The Chargé in Nicaragua ( Beaulac ) to the Secretary of State

53. Department’s 26, March 11, 7 p.m. There are now 35 Nicaraguan line officers in the Guardia. Sixty-three additional will graduate from the Military Academy, April 7. A class of 80 will graduate in December. At that time there will be 178 Nicaraguan line officers which is considered lowest needed by the Nicaraguan Government. In addition there will be 6 trained Nicaraguan medical officers. Other medical service will be taken care of by contract civilian doctors. Present plans call for turning over commands to departments and areas by December 15 and the higher commands comprising departments, areas and general headquarters on January 2, the latter date permitting the newly inaugurated President to commission the higher officers. Air mail letter follows.