Ron, my experience in the Armed Guard was limited to only one voyage, i.e. The Murmansk Run of Convoy PQ-13. I went directly from boot camp to Little Creek for two weeks of gunnery training, then to the AG Center in Brooklyn for 2 days then assigned to the SS Eldena. I had been in the Navy less than 6 weeks at that time, so I canít answer all your questions.
(1) Upon completion of the voyage we reported to the Armed Guard Center in Brooklyn and were then given two weeks leave to go home and return to the Center for the next assignment.
(2) Did not experience.
(3) While at the Center there was some training like fire and boat drills, films, physical training, etc. We also stood watches, but mostly it was very relaxed and liberty was freely given. After being back at the Center a bit over two weeks, I got reassigned into Aircraft Mechanics School at NAS Norfolk. That ended my career in the Armed Guard.