Army 101

Army 101

Inside ROTC in A Time of War

Book - 2007
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Baker & Taylor
Using interviews with cadets and trainers of the Gamecock Battalion at the University of South Carolina, traces the experiences of a mix of students in the U.S. Army's ROTC program and looks at what the author believes to be some of the programs's failures, including a lack of competent tactical training.

Book News
Axe (a war correspondent whose work has been featured in the Washington Times and Village Voice) goes inside the U. of South Carolina's US Army ROTC (Reserve Officer Training Corps) program, AKA the Gamecock Battalion. He describes the experiences of a representative group of ROTC cadets and criticizes what he sees as some of the failings of the program, including a lack of competent tactical training, problem with sexual harassment, and a failure to impart critical thinking skills. Annotation ©2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Johns Hopkins University Press
Drawing heavily from candid interviews conducted with cadets and trainers of the Gamecock Battalion at the University of South Carolina, Army 101 traces the experiences of a representative mix of students—freshmen to seniors of both sexes and many races—essentially minoring in the military while also pursuing regular undergraduate degrees in diverse fields. Axe invites us along to witness the quagmire of confusion in a nighttime training exercise, the immersion into procedures and jargon of the classroom, and the high aspirations of candidates at Airborne School. Replete with a vivid account of the annual Ranger Challenge—the varsity sport of ROTC—and a campus visit from the commander in chief, George W. Bush, Axe's narrative follows the unit through the exercises and experiences that are designed to recast the cadets as junior officers in America's long war on terrorism. Not all guns and marches, the volume also explores the rivalry and revelry that define the cadets' off-hours as much as they characterize the lives of all college students.

Publisher: Columbia : University of South Carolina Press, c2007.
ISBN: 9781570036606
Characteristics: 111 p., [6] p. of plates : ill. ; 24 cm.

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