Merchant Marine Officer candidates learn seamanship at a basic school in Pass Christian, Mississippi. A doctor undertakes the physical examination of a seaman with a stethoscope. A sign: 'US Merchant Marine Cadet Basic School' on a gate. Merchant Marine Officer candidates enter the gate. The Merchant Marine Academy cadets try on uniforms. They stand at attention and take an oath to defend the U.S. and serve Marine Navy. The cadets sleep in bunk beds. They get up as an alarm rings and get ready. They gather on a ground. Ceremonies are conducted. The cadets salute as U.S. flag is hoisted. The candidates learn how to knot ropes. They learn how to row and sail boats. The candidates learn how to operate guns and how to transfer men via cables.
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