Army Specialized Training Program

Insignia of the U.S. Army Specialized Training Program: the lamp of knowledge suggests academic learning, the sword represents the military profession

Military training program instituted by the United States Army during World War II to meet wartime demands both for junior officers and soldiers with technical skills.

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Insignia of the U.S. Army Specialized Training Program: the lamp of knowledge suggests academic learning, the sword represents the military profession

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Robert F. Kennedy (second from left) while completing his V-12 studies at Bates College; in the background is a snow replica of a naval ship.

V-12 Navy College Training Program

Designed to supplement the force of commissioned officers in the United States Navy during World War II.

Designed to supplement the force of commissioned officers in the United States Navy during World War II.

Robert F. Kennedy (second from left) while completing his V-12 studies at Bates College; in the background is a snow replica of a naval ship.
Alfred J. Eggers served as NASA's Assistant Administrator for Policy from January 1968 through March 1971.

The V-12 program's goal was to produce officers, not unlike the Army Specialized Training Program (ASTP), which sought to turn out more than 200,000 technically trained personnel in such fields as engineering, foreign languages, and medicine.

Brooks receiving a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2010

Mel Brooks

American actor, comedian and filmmaker.

American actor, comedian and filmmaker.

Brooks receiving a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2010
Brooks in 1984
The Producers at Theatre Royal, Drury Lane
Brooks with wife Anne Bancroft at the 1991 Cannes Film Festival
Brooks with son Max in 2010
Brooks at his Hollywood Walk of Fame ceremony in 2010

After scoring highly on the Army General Classification Test, a Stanford–Binet-type IQ test in early 1944, Brooks was sent to the elite Army Specialized Training Program at the Virginia Military Institute to be taught skills such as electrical engineering, foreign languages, or medicine.

Official portrait, c. 1973

Henry Kissinger

German-born American politician, diplomat, and geopolitical consultant who served as United States Secretary of State and National Security Advisor under the presidential administrations of Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford.

German-born American politician, diplomat, and geopolitical consultant who served as United States Secretary of State and National Security Advisor under the presidential administrations of Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford.

Official portrait, c. 1973
Portrait of Kissinger as a Harvard senior in 1950
Kissinger being sworn in as Secretary of State by Chief Justice Warren Burger, September 22, 1973. Kissinger's mother, Paula, holds the Bible as President Nixon looks on.
Kissinger, shown here with Zhou Enlai and Mao Zedong, negotiated rapprochement with China.
Kissinger and President Richard Nixon discussing the Vietnam situation in Camp David, 1972 (with Alexander Haig).
Kissinger in the West Wing as National Security Adviser
Kissinger sits in the Oval Office with President Nixon and Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir, 1973
On October 31, 1973, Egyptian Foreign Minister Ismail Fahmi (left) meets with Richard Nixon (middle) and Henry Kissinger (right), about a week after the end of fighting in the Yom Kippur War.
Kissinger and King Faisal of Saudi Arabia in Riyadh on March 19, 1975. In the far background behind Faisal is his half-brother, the future King Fahd.
Ford and Kissinger conversing on the White House grounds, August 1974
Chilean President Augusto Pinochet shaking hands with Kissinger in 1976
Suharto with Gerald Ford and Kissinger in Jakarta on December 6, 1975, one day before the Indonesian invasion of East Timor.
Kissinger meeting with President Ronald Reagan in the White House family quarters, 1981
Kissinger and U.S. Vice President Joe Biden at the Munich Security Conference in February 2009
Kissinger with German Chancellor Angela Merkel on June 21, 2017
President Donald Trump meeting with Kissinger on May 10, 2017
President Barack Obama discussing the New START Treaty between the U.S. and Russia, 2010
Kissinger speaking during Gerald Ford's funeral in January 2007
Angela Merkel and Kissinger were at the state funeral for former German Chancellor Helmut Schmidt, November 23, 2015
Henry Kissinger on April 26, 2016
Colin Powell, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Secretary of State John Kerry, and Kissinger in March 2016
Henry and Nancy Kissinger at the Metropolitan Opera opening in 2008
Nancy and Henry Kissinger in their New York apartment with their dog Tyler, 1978
Kissinger at the LBJ Library in 2016

The army sent him to study engineering at Lafayette College, Pennsylvania, but the program was canceled, and Kissinger was reassigned to the 84th Infantry Division.

Vonnegut in February 1972

Kurt Vonnegut

American writer known for his satirical and darkly humorous novels.

American writer known for his satirical and darkly humorous novels.

Vonnegut in February 1972
Vonnegut as a teenager, from the Shortridge High School 1940 yearbook
Vonnegut in army uniform during World War II
Dresden in 1945. More than 90 percent of the city's center was destroyed.
Vonnegut with his wife Jane, and children (from left to right): Mark, Edith and Nanette, in 1955
A large painting of Vonnegut on Massachusetts Avenue, Indianapolis, blocks away from the Kurt Vonnegut Museum and the Rathskeller, which was designed by his family's architecture firm.
Vonnegut Museum and Library, Indianapolis

Vonnegut was trained to fire and maintain howitzers and later received instruction in mechanical engineering at the Carnegie Institute of Technology and the University of Tennessee as part of the Army Specialized Training Program (ASTP).

Arch A. Moore Jr.

American lawyer and Republican politician from West Virginia.

American lawyer and Republican politician from West Virginia.

He was in the Army Specialized Training Program training to be an engineer, but military manpower requirements changed and he was sent to the infantry.

Puharich in 1959

Andrija Puharich

Medical and parapsychological researcher, medical inventor, physician and author, known as the person who brought Israeli Uri Geller (born 1946) and Dutch-born Peter Hurkos (1911–1988) to the United States for scientific investigation.

Medical and parapsychological researcher, medical inventor, physician and author, known as the person who brought Israeli Uri Geller (born 1946) and Dutch-born Peter Hurkos (1911–1988) to the United States for scientific investigation.

Puharich in 1959

During World War II, Puharich attended Northwestern University as a student in the Army Specialized Training Program.

395th Infantry Regiment coat of arms.

395th Infantry Regiment (United States)

Infantry regiment of the United States Army, part of the 99th Infantry Division during World War II.

Infantry regiment of the United States Army, part of the 99th Infantry Division during World War II.

395th Infantry Regiment coat of arms.
Lt. Col. McClernand Butler, commander of the 395th Infantry in World War II.
Soldiers constructing a winterized hut near the front lines in the 99th Divisions' sector.
Flag signed by the men of the 3rd Battalion, 395th Regiment after seizing Bergheim, Germany, 1 March 1945

The program was called the Army Specialized Training Program (ASTP), and it sought to give extra training and special skills to a select group of intelligent and able young men, most of whom were taken from America's colleges.

Charles Warren (California politician)

American lawyer and Democratic politician who served in the California State Assembly from 1963 to 1977 and held a Cabinet-level position as chairman of the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) under U.S. President Jimmy Carter from 1977 to 1979.

American lawyer and Democratic politician who served in the California State Assembly from 1963 to 1977 and held a Cabinet-level position as chairman of the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) under U.S. President Jimmy Carter from 1977 to 1979.

While he was working at the steel company, Warren began attending night school at a junior college in Kansas City, then enlisted in the military in the Army Specialized Training Program.

Pomona College

Private liberal arts college in Claremont, California.

Private liberal arts college in Claremont, California.

An exterior view of the college in 1907, featuring its two earliest buildings: Sumner Hall (right) and Holmes Hall (left)
U.S. president Theodore Roosevelt speaking at Pomona in 1903
Reserve Officers' Training Corps soldiers at Pomona in 1942
Men protesting the opening of Frary Dining Hall to women in 1957
Pomona's Studio Art Hall, completed in 2014, garnered national recognition for its steel-frame design.
Pomona's buildings are connected via a network of visual axes, such as this one on North Campus.
Crookshank Hall in the Stanley Academic Quadrangle
The college gates historically marked the northern edge of Pomona's campus.
Honnold Library, a shared Claremont Colleges resource
Pomona's office of financial aid is in Sumner Hall.
Bridges Hall of Music hosts a variety of performances by the college's musical ensembles.
Estella Laboratory, opened in 2015, houses Pomona's physics, astronomy, and math programs.
Pomona's Career Development Office is in Alexander Hall.
The Spirit of Spanish Music, a sculpture by alumnus Burt Johnson in Lebus Courtyard
Students on Alternabreak, a week-long community engagement trip held over spring break, care for trees in a Los Angeles park.
Claremont's train station is directly south of campus.
A Pomona-Pitzer football game
The football team in 1911
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The college reoriented itself toward wartime activities again during World War II, hosting an Air Force military meteorology program and Army Specialized Training Program courses in engineering and foreign languages.

Mireille Belleau and Robert Taylor at La Closerie des Lilas

French in Action

French language course, developed by Professor Pierre Capretz of Yale University.

French language course, developed by Professor Pierre Capretz of Yale University.

Mireille Belleau and Robert Taylor at La Closerie des Lilas

During the Second World War, Yale Professor Emeritus of Romance Languages Jean Boorsch, had produced for the American ASTP (Army Specialized Training Program) and the Navy V-12s (V-12 Navy College Training Program) an approach to oral French learning.