By Richard B. Schwartz
Accidental Soldier depicts Richard B. Schwartz's army reviews, first as an ROTC cadet on the college of Notre Dame and at last as a military veteran instructing in Madison, Wisconsin. In 1959, Vietnam was once little greater than a note on a map; inside of ten years, american citizens observed the Tet Offensive and their campuses in flames. Schwartz used to be on the flooring zeroes of that point, instructing on the usa army Academy from 1967-69 after which going to the collage of Wisconsin, Madison, simply after the Dow riots and ahead of the bombing of Sterling corridor. The imperative part of the ebook focuses upon Schwartz's event at West aspect, its cadets, officer corps and procedure of schooling. A sequel to his award-winning memoir, the largest urban in America,Accidental Soldier displays upon his army and educational event in the course of the point of view of an over forty-year instructing occupation, twenty-nine of which have been spent as a dean at Wisconsin, Georgetown and the college of Missouri, Columbia.
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Extra info for Accidental Soldier. A Reserve Officer at West Point in the Vietnam Era
Since you are not allowed to carry an umbrella (or push a baby carriage) when in uniform, I did have to buy a raincoat when I was on active duty. One of my West Point colleagues had one that had belonged to his father-in-law. I bought it because the price was right and you could still see the marks on the epaulets of his two stars. I actually only had to wear it once. Since we were required to wear our uniforms to our military classes, the preferred registration schedule was one in which the military class would come early in the day, with a separation of at least one period between that class and the remainder of the college curriculum.
Students were required to be fully dressed when presenting themselves for morning checks. Preppy students who routinely dressed without socks had to present their case to a higher authority than the athlete ticking off names. C. priests). One of our rectors told us that if needs be, he had the authority (I am certain that this was a lie) to hold up our mail if that was necessary for disciplinary purposes. Had he done so I am certain that several of my hallmates would have resorted to physical violence in reprisal.
At the time, I was completely unaware of the fact that Notre Dame traditionally had one of the largest ROTC corps of cadets in American higher education. What I took at the time to be simple reality was, in fact, a statistical outlier. Approximately 20% of the student body was so enrolled. Where large universities may now graduate a dozen or two newly-minted lieutenants (and sometimes even pool their programs with those of nearby institutions to achieve a critical mass of students), in Army ROTC alone we had enough cadets (pron.