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 stories, first as an ROTC cadet on the college of Notre Dame and eventually as a military veteran instructing in Madison, Wisconsin. In 1959, Vietnam was once 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 flooring zeroes of that point, instructing on the usa army Academy from 1967-69 after which going to the college of Wisconsin, Madison, simply after the Dow riots and prior to the bombing of Sterling corridor. The principal component to the ebook focuses upon Schwartz's event at West aspect, its cadets, officer corps and process of schooling. A sequel to his award-winning memoir, the largest urban in America,Accidental Soldier displays upon his army and educational adventure during the viewpoint of an over forty-year instructing profession, twenty-nine of which have been spent as a dean at Wisconsin, Georgetown and the college of Missouri, Columbia.

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Each year the drills culminated in two major events—a parade through downtown South Bend and the so-called Presidential Review. Naïve freshmen, myself among them, wondered if the latter event included the President of the United States. No, just the President of the University. It was a challenging event because of the heat. The best strategy for surviving it (I assure you I am not fabricating this) began several weeks prior to the event, when those wishing to evade it fumbled their way through normal drills, appearing to be unable to march in step.

The fact that a prominent member of his own religious community (with no reason to lie) could assure him that my father had indeed died was no substitute for the piece of paper which he craved. The result of all this regimentation, of course, was an equal and opposite reaction from the students. Protest strategies were refined. Specific protest incidents constitute, in many ways, the most memorable part of my college experience. This pattern of repression/counter action parallels the experience of USMA cadets, but with a key difference.

While she poured wine in the Valley of the Moon, there were many people elsewhere, engaged in very different tasks—clearing minefields, cleaning septic systems, tarring roofs, greasing axels and doing stoop labor. “It must be a wonderful job,” I said. She leaned back against the tile wall, raised her eyes to the damp ceiling, and said, “You wouldn’t believe the stress . ” The underlying point is that adulthood is irreducibly routine, at least to some degree. Even the life of the adventurer falls into repeating patterns (and, to a degree, of deadly monotony for adventurers such as Robert Falcon Scott or Ernest Shackleton).

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