Education, Training


This 1919 poster shows education and training being conducted at the ordnance operations, maintenance, and repair schools at the Raritan Arsenal in Metuchen, New Jersey. Photographs show classes receiving instruction in ten different skills or trades necessary to the U.S. Army at that time: machinist, blacksmith, welding, automobile mechanic, tractor mechanic, small arms and machine guns, explosives, artillery mechanic, saddler, and woodworking. The arsenal was part of the U.S. Army Ordnance Department, which traced its origins to the Board of War and Ordnance established in 1776 to supply the Continental army. During World War I, the Ordnance Department maintained arsenals throughout the United States and was responsible for supplying the rapidly expanding army with arms, equipment, and ammunition. Large-scale recruitment and training efforts were needed to supply the skilled manpower necessary to operate the arsenals.

Last updated: November 14, 2017