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Be a Cadet Nurse, the Girl With a Future
Be a Cadet Nurse, the Girl With a Future
Resource Typeimage
TitleBe a Cadet Nurse, the Girl With a Future
Coverage / Year1944
DescriptionPoster, color, 20 x 27.9 in., published by the United States Government Printing Office
InterpretationThe Cadet Nurse Corps was created in 1943 by the U.S. Public Health Service as a wartime recruiting program and many of its graduates were aong the military nurses who served in World War II. The Corps was a scholarship program that was meant to alleviate the shortage of trained nurses on the homefront. It was a very successful program, graduating 124, 000 nurses before ending in 1948. Cadets had both summer and winter uniforms, as illustrated in this poster. The winter uniform (a suit and topcoat) was gray wool with a matching gray hat. The summer uniform consisted of a two-piece suit of gray and white seersucker, a gray raincoat, and a beret. Each jacket had red epaulets, with the Cadet insignia on the sleeve. "Gray symbolizes mercy, serenity and understanding; red - strength, courage and inspiration. The left sleeve patch was a symbol of the Knights of Hospitalers of St. John, the original nurse-fighting order. The winter cap bore a shield and eagle, symbolically American; a fouled anchor connoting U.S. seamen in distress; a caduceus, the ancient symbol of physicians; and together these promised healing to service of their country." (source:
Lesson Plans / ThemesWorld War II; Women at Wartime
Learning Standards14 Political systems; 16 History;
Author or CreatorUnited States. Public Health Service; Whitcomb, Jon, 1906-1988 [ artist];
Subject / KeywordsUnited States Cadet Nurse Corps--Recruiting, enlistment, etc. ; World War, 1939-1945--Women--United States ; War posters, American; World War II; Health care
Collection PublisherIllinois State Library
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