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Creation of the V-12 Program

Old Main, 1940's

The "V" at Old Main, 1940s

As the United States entered World War II, the need for trained officers across all branches of service became evident. In order to meet this need, the Committee on Relationships of Higher Education to the Federal Government was created and subsequently recommended establishing programs for the training of military personnel at colleges and universities across the nation.

President Franklin D. Roosevelt directed the U.S. military to use institutions of higher education to bolster the war effort, in part because these institutions were experiencing enrollment declines as young men went to serve in the military. This exhibit focuses on the V-12 program established by the Department of the Navy at MSTC.