Maritime Service Training
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.
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.
Saturday Review on Catalina
Swimming under burning oil.