The Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) was the brainchild of Franklin Delano Roosevelt. CCC had two stated purposes: to provide outdoor employment to Depression-idled young men and to accomplish badly needed work in the protection, improvement, and development of the country’s natural resources. Camps housing 200 men each were established in every state: 1,468 in September 1933, 2,635 in September 1935. In 1939 Congress ended the independent status of the CCC. About 5,000 Reserve officers for the camps were affected, transferred to Civil Service and military ranks and titles were eliminated. Despite this loss of an obvious military leadership in the camps by July 1940, with war in Europe and Asia, an increasing number of CCC projects focused on resources for national defense, developing infrastructure for military training facilities and forest protection. By 1940 the CCC was no longer wholly a relief agency, rapidly losing its non-military character, and becoming a system for work-training as its ranks had become increasingly younger, with life-inexperienced enrollees. In my Opinion given 2.5 million young men participating in the CCC, the US Army's experience in managing such large numbers and the paramilitary discipline learned by CCC provided invaluable preparation for the massive call-up of civilians in World War II. Two questions for your consuideration: 1. At what point in the development of the CCC, if ever, did FDR's well documented belief we would eventually have to defeat Fascism, (which was well established in Italy and Japan and would soon control Germany) materially effect the program? 2. Was the CCC of material advantage to the US WWII war effort. In my opinion question one is debatable but question two is a fact. As always I would appfre3ciate your thoughts.