History Lesson, Spring 2018
During World War I, it was common to see Franklin & Marshall students exercising on Hartman Oval in front of the famed bronze beech trees. They did so as part of the Student Army Training Corps, created by the U.S. Department of War to enable young men eligible for the draft to continue their education at institutions around the country. Students participated in drills each morning and afternoon while following a curriculum created by the War Department’s Committee on Education and Special Training. The program combined military tactics with more traditional academics.