Army 101: Inside ROTC in a Time of War

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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.

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"Through candid interviews with a representative group of ROTC cadets, David Axe gives us an honest portrait of the young people who choose to become Army officers in this age of the global war on terror and willingly sign up to confront the hazards of deadly combat in Iraq and Afghanistan. By extension, Axe grants us insight into the overall ethos of our all-volunteer military forces in these first years of the twenty-first century." —John W. Gordon, professor of national security affairs, United States Marine Corps Command and Staff College

"David Axe offers an insightful look at a premier ROTC program and the making of the minds and bodies of the young men and women who will be the backbone of the next generation of Army officers. He describes ROTC as a somewhat imperfect laboratory indicating the tactical training is ‘archaic at best, at worst, a sick joke.’ The officer candidate cameos he shapes are of highly motivated, physically fit young men and women but with a dubious facility for critical thought. Army 101 is well worth reading for what this holds for the future." —Walter C. Rodgers, former senior intelligence correspondent for CNN and author of Sleeping with Custer and the 7th Cavalry: An Imbedded Reporter in Iraq

About the Author:

David Axe is a freelance journalist and war correspondent. His coverage of U.S. military operations in Iraq has been featured on C-SPAN and Salon.com and in the Washington Times and Village Voice. He is the author of War Fix, a graphic novel war memoir. Axe lives in Columbia, South Carolina.

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