Accession Number:

ADA273956

Title:

The Militarization of America's Youth: The Army and the Civilian Conservation Corps

Descriptive Note:

Master's thesis, 1 Aug 1992-4 Jun 1993

Corporate Author:

ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLL FORT LEAVENWORTH KS

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1993-06-04

Pagination or Media Count:

98.0

Abstract:

Much has been written about the Great Depression of the 1930s and Roosevelts New Deal. The Civilian Conservation Corps is often mentioned as one of the most successful of the New Deal programs. Perhaps less well known, but still adequately reported, is the Armys involvement in administering the Civilian Conservation Corps. Little attention has been paid, however, to the impact of the Army on the young men of the CCC. The effects of the CCC experience on the Army have also been neglected. Pacifist and anti-militarist groups were very vocal in their concerns about the Army being involved with the CCC. The Roosevelt administration went out of its way to convince the American people that the CCC enrollees were not being militarized by the Army. The Army also went to extraordinary lengths to avoid any taint of the charge of militarism. Despite the intentions of all concerned the enrollees were militarized by their association with the Army. This benefited the United States immeasurably, as 75 percent of the enrollees later served in the armed forces during World War II. Civilian conservation corps, Great depression, Armies between wars, Civil primacy, Peacetime employment of the army.

Subject Categories:

  • Military Forces and Organizations
  • Defense Systems
  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE