Left: ASTP Insignia.

THE ARMY SPECIALIZED TRAINING PROGRAM was organized by the War department in collaboration with civilian educators in December,1942, and the program was launched early in 1943 under thedirection of the Army Specialized Training Division. The announced purpose of the ASTP was "to provide the continuous and accelerated flow of high grade technicians and specialists needed by the Army." To achieve this purpose qualified soldiers were sent to colleges and universities selected by the War Department for terms of prescribed study in fields where the Army's own training facilities were insufficient in extent or character. While in academic training the soldiers were on active duty, in uniform, under military discipline, and received regular army pay.

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