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The Story Begins

The Story Begins

Learn about the historical events leading to Civilian Public Service.
The People

The People

Meet the men and women of CPS via a searchable database of names.
The Camps

The Camps

Learn about the "work of national importance" done in each camp.

The Story Continues

Discover how this story of conscience is kept alive today.

What is Civilian Public Service?

Civilian Public Service (CPS) was a program developed at the onset of WWII which provided those whose conscience forbade them to kill, the opportunity to do work of national importance under civilian direction rather than go to war. Nearly 12,000 men made this choice, and many women voluntarily joined the cause. They fought forest fires, worked in mental institutions, planted trees, did dairy testing and served as subjects for medical experiments in more than 150 camps scattered throughout the United States.

How can you help?

In files, drawers and boxes lie letters, photos, diaries, journals, and assorted papers of the nearly 12,000 men of CPS, plus letters of wives and girl friends. In this is a wealth of information that calls for preservation. CPS men, COGs, (Conscientious Objector Girls), families and friends are urged to place their records in established historical archives and to report to the website such placements.

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