A Cadet's Life at OSTC
A cadet's life at the OSTC was still an army life and thus a busy one. His day began with Reveille at 5:50 am and continued to Taps at 9:45 pm. Breakfast was at 6:00. Classes began at 7:00 and continued until 2:00 pm, with various study halls throughout the day. All cadets had military drill at 4:00 pm before their "retreat" to the barracks at 5:00.
The cadets may have griped about the food served to them by cafeteria manager Mrs. Marian Anderson and her staff of 20 assistants, but the soldiers ate better than many in Oshkosh during the war. Normal menus consisted of steaks, chicken, roast beef, and ice cream. Since no cafeteria existed on campus before the cadets arrived, OSTC built one in the basement of the Rose C. Swart Training School. The Army’s allowance for food had been contracted at $1.04 per meal, and despite its rich offerings, the school managed to bring the price per soldier down to $0.79 a day, saving the Army $25,000. When supper was over, the cadets were required to study at the library for two hours every night before doing the same thing all over again the very next day. Despite this strict schedule, cadets still found time for relaxation and nights out on the town.