High School Victory Corps


Launched: September 1942

National Chief: Capt. Eddie Rickenbacker - aviation hero

Jointly sponsored by: WMC, Army, Navy, CAA, the U.S. Office of Education Wartime Commission.



National Chief of High School Victory Corps Capt. Eddie Rickenbacker with High School Students

 in front of a High School Victory Corps display.

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High school Victory Corps. Jean Johnson and Bill Clark, students at Montgomery Blair High School in Silver Spring, Maryland, one of the first schools to organize a Victory Corps under the U.S. Office of Education's nationwide program. Jean is explaining to Bill that he can earn one of the Victory Corps insignia through school work and community activities.

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High School Victory Corps Patches:



To wear a plain red V on his sleeve, a student must take courses in physical fitness and a war-useful subject (e.g., math), must enroll in at least one home-front job (e.g., air warden, scrap collector, farm worker).

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High-school juniors and seniors may join one of five special branches of the Corps — depending on whether they are preparing respectively for the Army, Air Forces, Navy, war industry or professions

Air Service

Sea Service

Land Service

Community Service


High School Victory Corps Booklets:

October 1942 issue of Scholastic Coach promoting High School Victory Corps

High School Victory Corps and Boy Scouts of America published a cooperative booklet



The official uniform of the High School Victory Corps was the "service cap" and insignia for the sleeve. However, it seems that some High Schools took the program more seriously and independently created some snappy looking uniforms:



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Young man wearing "service cap" with insignia at work.

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