By Richard B. Schwartz
Accidental Soldier depicts Richard B. Schwartz's army reviews, first as an ROTC cadet on the collage of Notre Dame and eventually as a military veteran instructing in Madison, Wisconsin. In 1959, Vietnam used to be little greater than a note on a map; inside ten years, american citizens observed the Tet Offensive and their campuses in flames. Schwartz used to be on the floor 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 prior to the bombing of Sterling corridor. The significant element of the ebook focuses upon Schwartz's adventure at West aspect, its cadets, officer corps and procedure of schooling. A sequel to his award-winning memoir, the most important urban in America,Accidental Soldier displays upon his army and educational event during 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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His secret was simple. The day he arrived at the installation he volunteered to make the coffee. He then proceeded to spill it all over the table, the floor and the surrounding area. The next day he volunteered again and was told, “That’s all right, Sgt. ” He was never again asked to do any menial task. He later landed a plum job in the military/industrial complex of whose ways General Eisenhower had issued his well-known warning. I was there when Sgt. Cutcher was asked about his post-retirement plans.
I later learned that some did so exit, though most did not. Juniors and seniors received modest monthly government stipends, an incentive to continue, but not one that was decisive (to my knowledge) for any of my classmates. The current wide-scale military scholarships with generous allowances for living expenses did not yet exist. On today’s university and college campuses one frequently sees ROTC cadets in fatigues and combat boots. Physical fitness is pursued zealously and students are introduced to the more physical aspects of soldiering far earlier and far more often than we were.
There were also rigidly-enforced rules with regard to class attendance. A three-credit course permitted three cuts; a fourth resulted in automatic failure of the course. Any cut immediately before or after a vacation period was counted as the total number of cuts permitted in the course. This was a major incentive for the pursuit of academic excellence, since students on the dean’s list were entitled to unlimited cuts and, hence, longer vacation periods. Dorm rooms (which varied widely in quality and size) were selected based on grade point average, though one could mix and match roommates and thus occupy a wing of a dorm with friends whose gpa’s were of varied quality.
Accidental Soldier. A Reserve Officer at West Point in the Vietnam Era by Richard B. Schwartz