CCC Uniforms 1933-1938

From Mobilization to Sustainment

INTRODUCTION

During the initial mobilization of the CCC from April to July 1933, the Army Quartermaster Corps (QMC) faced the challenge of outfitting 250,000 enrollees for duty in the field within a span of weeks. Not only did this number handily exceed the size of the entire regular service US Army itself (about 125,000 men under arms in 1934), the pace of enrollment was almost unimaginable. It was the fastest mobilization in U.S. military history, far outstripping the pace of the induction for either of the World Wars.

To clothe this forest army the QMC availed itself of every expedient, from issuing World War I surplus trousers and caps to writing emergency contracts for more shirts in Army or even Marine Corps patterns. Speed, not consistency, was the order of the day as the CCC swelled toward its maximum enrollment of nearly 500,000 per six month term in 1935.

Stabilization of the CCC's enrollment during 1935 allowed the Quartermaster Corps belatedly to impose order and routine in outfitting the Corps. World War I surplus and emergency expedient garments were phased out. By 1936, CCC enrollees were consistently outfitted in new shirts and trousers manufactured to current US Army patterns.