A year into World War II, the US was preparing to join the fight and deploy “the arsenal of democracy” as FDR called it. The Selective Training and Service Act was first introduced which mobilized millions of troops, but maintaining their health and ability to fight proved to be challenging. The War Department decided to carry out an opinion survey and asked for the uncensored opinions of soldiers concerning the war. Tens of thousands of those responses have been kept and compiled as a way to look back on that point in time. Edward Gitre, a professor at Virginia Tech, participated in an email interview about the nature of the questions and answers which can be read below.