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Hollywood Canteen Rules


Before the Hollywood Canteen opened its door, on October 3, 1942, Bette Davis, John Garfield and the Canteen’s Board of Directors formulated and adopted ten rules that all volunteers had to follow. Upon acceptance, and after being fingerprinted and photographed, each volunteer was issued a list of rules. Most of the rules we re directed at the hostesses who were managed by Doris Stein.

1) Scrupulous politeness at all times of all men in uniform is demanded. If there is any difficulty with a serviceman, please report this immediately to the Officer of the Day, who will deal with him. You must not attempt to handle this yourself.

         2) Stay in your own department. By doing this, you will not tread on anyone’s toes. If  anyone asks about working in a department, other than your own, refer them to the chairman of the department they wish information about.

         3) No hostess is to leave, at any time, under any circumstances, with a serviceman – or to meet him outside the vicinity of the Canteen. We are responsible, not only to ourselves and to the Hollywood Canteen, but also to the name of the entire Motion Picture Industry.

         4) If you, personally, do not appear for three (3) consecutive times on the shift specifically assigned to you, you must, unless you get a special suspension or send an alternate to take your place, relinquish your right as a permanent member of the Canteen and return your identification card to your Chairman.

         5) All Committee Chairmen and Captains must make sure that the individual rules pertaining to the particular department are understood and enforced. Arrangements must also be made to replace any last minute emergency dropouts.

         6) All volunteer workers, hostesses, hosts, entertainers, musicians, name people, etc., must enter through the Cole St. door. There will be a light there at all times.

         7) All workers must register in and out. A registry book will be at the Cole St. entrance. This is most important. Report to your Captain or Committee Chairman after registering.

         8) The Officer of the Day is the only person in the Canteen who has the authority to deal with any questions, emergencies, criticisms. Report all such to him.

         9) Do not high-pressure anyone for anything.

         10) Try to be on time at all times.

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