Apprentice Training Squadron
In 1879, USS Constitution became one of four underway training ships in a new U.S. Navy program: the Apprentice Training Squadron. Lasting until 1904, the apprentice program was designed to create a pathway into the Navy for qualified teens. They joined at one the Navy receiving ships, then were sent to a naval station for academic and naval education. After six months in the classroom, they joined one of the underway training ships for six months. If they successfully completed the program, the students transferred to regular duty warships where they continued their training at the rank of seaman apprentice second class.
As part of the Squadron from 1879 to 1881, Constitution sailed to various locales including stops in the Caribbean, Central America, Nova Scotia, and along the East Coast of the United States.Read More