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What is the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC)?
Explain what they do!
- GerryLv 71 decade agoFavorite Answer
it really is more "What WAS the CCC?". The Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) was a public work relief program that operated from 1933 to 1942 in the United States for unemployed, unmarried men from relief families, ages 18–25. A part of the New Deal of President Roosevelt, it provided unskilled manual labor jobs related to the conservation and development of natural resources in rural lands owned by federal, state and local governments. The CCC was designed to provide employment for young men in relief families who had difficulty finding jobs during the Great Depression while at the same time implementing a general natural resource conservation program in every state and territory. Maximum enrollment at any one time was 300,000; in nine years 2.5 million young men participated. Reserve officers from the U.S. Army were in charge of the camps, but there was no military training or uniforms. Many of these men would however end up in the Uniformed Services during WWII however.
It was the American public that made the CCC the most popular of all the New Deal programs. Principal benefits of an individual’s enrollment in the CCC included improved physical condition, heightened morale, and increased employability. Of their pay of $30 a month, $25 went to their parents. Implicitly, the CCC also led to a greater public awareness and appreciation of the outdoors and the nation's natural resources; and the continued need for a carefully planned, comprehensive national program for the protection and development of natural resources.
A neighbor of mine actually served with CCC before joining the U.S. Army and then sent to the Pacific Theatre of Operations (PTO) where he served along side of the U.S. Marines in Guadalcanal and with the famed Chesty Puller. He helped to build Skyline Drive in the Shenandoah (VA) area.
Today, each U.S. State has a Conservation Corps of some kind resembling the original CCC but as stated the original CCC came to a conclusion in 1942 - men were needed for the war effort.
Hope this helps.
Semper Fidelis and Thank You For Your Service,
Gerry (still a Marine but no longer wearing a uniform)
- Anonymous7 years ago