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inspiring it is to rise, open one's eyes, stumble through the stygian darkness
and then dash out into a 40 M.P.H. gale in Himsy trunks and frolic with
mother nature and Chief Petty Ofiicers!! After calisthenics at 0620 there is
nothing to do until 0700 except shower, shave, dress, shine shoes and prepare
for personal inspection. Then to really start the day on the right foot, Hale
Every Tuesday and Saturday noon each man dons his puttees, more
appropriately called boots, and prepares to lose that ounce of weight gained
from the morning's eggs by the simple method of close order drill. Alexander
or Library Field is the site of this sole breaking project. After forty-five min-
utes of studying the back of the neck of the man in front of you, the welcome
order, "March to Chow," is given. For some reason marching does not seem
quite so tedious now.
Once a week, on Saturday afternoon, Captain's Inspection is held, at
which time the trainees line up on Library Field for a personal inspection by
the C. O. Woe to the poor sailor who forgot to shine his shoes or get that
haircut, for this is "the" inspection.
Another tradition that has grown up at Union for the Navy men is the
"awkward squad." This is a group of men who have gone wrong and are pay-
ing for it by marching from approximately 1430 to 1750 f2:30 P.M. to 5:30
P.M.j, on Saturday afternoons.
The misdemeanors may be anything from "dirty fingernails" to "late for
class." The men are mustered and then the "fun" begins." Up the hill and
down the hill, right flank, left Hank, and to the rear "Harch." At the end
the Chief greets you with a "See you next Saturday!"
Generally, those students who had attended college previous to entering
V-12 are permitted to continue towards the same scholastic goals. Others, and
those who have never been to college before, are assigned to a course known
as Basic. Under this set-up some of the trainees are pre-medical students,
others are deck, engineering and supply officer candidates, but the one course
that seems to be universal is the Commando Course. However, the price of
cord wood has risen to eight dollars and from all reports its going to be a
long, hard winter. So ----- .
Since the V-12 is known as the College Training Program, it is only
proper that a little time be spent in describing the intensive and strenuous
studying in which the average trainee indulges. From 2000 until 2200 f8:00
P.M. to 10:00 P.M.j every week-day evening study rules are in effect. Every
man is to study unless he is at the library. Some do and some don't.
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were a motley crew. Many appeared to be going to a country club for a vaca-
tion rather than to the Navy. How soon were they to realize that the tennis
raclcets and golf clubs would find little use! These were to be the students
of Union College.
Wlmen the complete unit was assembled at Union, a military organization
was formed of three companies and ten platoons. Quarters were established
in North and South Colleges and in on-campus fraternity houses.
It is said that an army marches on its stomach. The Navy, being more
Versatile, marches on its feet, but dashes to chow. The problem of feeding five
hundred hungry and fastidious sailors rested heavily on the Hale House man-
flgffr, Mr. South. Despite scattered complaints, by a few meticulous souls, it is
reported" that he is doing a fine job.
Once a month the eagle swoops low over Silliman Hall and drops the
Sum of fifty dollars for each trainee, at least that is the theory. Here is what
actually happens. As apprentice seamen they receive this huge sum in one
lump, an amount which they cannot possibly spend in one month's time.
First, there is the matter of insurance, which we all took out "volun-
tarily," but didn't regret after all. Then comes our secondary contribution to
the war effort, war bond allotments, leaving about thirty-five dollars from
which small store purchases have yet to be deducted. If you are fortunate the
WAVE Pay Officer will hand you about 353000. Before you can meditate on
110W to spend the money, you feel the clutching hand of the laundry. Remem-
ber those "whites" that didn't stay white while drilling in the mud, the laundry
washed them and now wants to be paid-and in cash. Oh, well, still twenty-
five dollars. Will you look who is coming, "Completely forgot about that 'fin'
you borrowed, didn't you? Well,
S l cheer up, Pop still has his defense
Pay day unfortunately is but once
a month. "Fortunately" for the
trainee there is calisthenics every
morning except Sunday at 0600
Navy time, 6:00 A.M. Civilian time.
This is truly one of the most pleas-
ant periods of a trainee's day. How
Commander Case giving
the boys the routine
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Those fraternity houses that sheltered thirty men are now holding forty-
five men. The big problem was where were these extra men to study? Sleeping
quarters were set up in the old dormitories but there were not enough bureaus
Or desks. For the first week or two studying had to be done in shifts because
Of the lack of desks and lamps. The rooms that were built to have two or three
fellows in them for studying purposes now had as many as eight. One would
think that this lack of proper study atmosphere would stop the lads from
studying, but you forget this is the Navy.
Let's run through an average V-12 day at Union College. Bright and
early at 0545 the trainee in charge of the dormitory will awaken you with the
melodious tune of "Hit the Deck" and, so into the new day you stumble. Up
until 0800 you must wash, shave, shower and "chow-down." From 0800 until
1200 it's just one class after another. At noon if it is Monday, Weclriesday or
Friday, chapel for twenty minutes of educational entertainment. At the end
of chapel, 1220, until 1345 you are to eat and the remaining time is yours. At
1345 classes again commence and continue until 1745, and again it is time to
"chow down." Somewhere in your day of classes, an hour of physical training
was thrown in for good measure. From the time you finish chow until 2000
you may play ball on the campus or go "down-town" to make sundry pur-
chases. Study hours are in effect at 2000 until 2200 with the exceptions men-
tioned earlier and so at 2200 or thereabout you are squared off for the day's
Even though you gripe, you love it.
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