Accidental Soldier. A Reserve Officer at West Point in the by Richard B. Schwartz

By Richard B. Schwartz

Accidental Soldier depicts Richard B. Schwartz's army studies, first as an ROTC cadet on the collage of Notre Dame and eventually as a military veteran educating in Madison, Wisconsin. In 1959, Vietnam used to be little greater than a be aware on a map; inside ten years, american citizens observed the Tet Offensive and their campuses in flames. Schwartz was once on the floor zeroes of that point, educating on the usa army Academy from 1967-69 after which going to the college of Wisconsin, Madison, simply after the Dow riots and earlier than the bombing of Sterling corridor. The relevant component to the ebook focuses upon Schwartz's event at West aspect, its cadets, officer corps and method 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 educating profession, twenty-nine of that have been spent as a dean at Wisconsin, Georgetown and the college of Missouri, Columbia.

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I have tried to leverage my experiences as a literary historian and fiction writer without succumbing to the temptations implicit in Johnson’s warning. One of the serendipitous benefits of working on a project such as this is the opportunity to reconnect with old friends. Genevieve Hart, a key administrator in the West Point English Department during my time there, is now back in the department. Gen was most helpful in enabling me to acquire the photographs of the department in 1967-8 and 1968-9.

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.

Part of each Army career path included a teaching tour. Some taught in ROTC units; a select few taught at West Point. Occasionally the ROTC cadets were taught by senior noncoms. We sat at portable field tables in a succession of barebones classrooms in a simple wooden structure with ‘Modern Army’ green walls. It appeared to have been pre-fabricated and it sat in the woods, just west of the Rockne Memorial. The classes included such subjects as map reading, military history, strategy and tactics, weapons systems, military organization, battle doctrine, supply, logistics and the Uniform Code of Military Justice.

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