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Cadet Program

The flying cadet program to train pilots, navigators and bombardiers was demanding. Following application and appointment as an Aviation Cadet, a man was usually sent to one of three classification and preflight centers established at Nashville, Tenn.; San Antonio, Texas; or Santa Ana, Calif. There he received his indoctrination into military life -- the G.I. haircut, inoculations, guard duty and the "infamous" K.P. (Kitchen Patrol). He was also given a rigid medical exam and numerous types of aptitude and physical tests to determine whether he was best suited for training as a pilot, navigator or bombardier. Once his classification had been determined, he entered preflight ground school for approximately nine weeks, after which he was sent to flying school.

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