U.S. Maritime Service Training

Maritime Service honor guardPrograms began in 1938, and ranged from boot camp to advanced deck or engine training, radio operator, or pharmacist-mate. Officer training included Cadet Corps, State Maritime Academies, and Officer Candidate schools.

maritime service recruiting bus

There were 37 USMS recruiting offices, plus recruiting buses. Navy and Coast Guard recruiters also sent men to the USMS "where your service is needed."


Training was rigorous: military science, gunnery, obstacle course, abandon ship drills, and seamanship.
maritime service trainees in formation at  Catalina
Saturday Review on Catalina Island, CA.

swimming under burning oil
Swimming under burning oil.