Date of Defense
Dr. Barbara Havira
Dr. John Houdek
The Navy Department's V-12 College Training Program during World War II gave young men the necessary background to be commissioned as officers in either the Navy or the Marine Corps. The program combined military elements, such as physical training, adherence to schedules and regulations, and instruction in military etiquette and tactics, with academic instruction in the setting of colleges and universities across the United States. Western Michigan College was one of 131 institutions selected from a qualifying group of 500 to host a V-12 unit. Navy and Marine trainees stationed at Western Michigan not only learned the basics of military life and had the opportunity to earn college credit, but they also participated in extra-curricular activities and events which allowed them to experience college life in the role of student.
Conway, Margaret, ""Swabbies and Leathernecks" The Navy V-12 Program at Western Michigan College" (1996). Honors Theses. 1245.
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