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The U.S. Naval Training School at Smith College was a naval reserve officer training program created during World War II and based on the Smith campus. Informally known as WAVES (Women's Auxilary Volunteer Emergency Service), the program prepared women for non-combat duty, as parachute riggers, pharmacist's, instrument flying trainers, radio dispatchers, mechanics, lab technicians, decoders, and navigators, among other jobs. The College turned over use of Capen House, Northrop-Gillette, Faunce Hall (now the Campus School) and Alumnae Gymnasium, as well as Scott Gymnasium and athletic fields, to the Navy for training purposes. Program headquarters were located in the Alumnae House.

Photos courtesy of College Archives, which houses the records of the U.S. Naval Training School at Smith College. For further information about this program and its activities on campus visit the College Archives.

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