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Posted March 5, 2013
I am a high school senior, doing a project for my English class
I am a high school senior, doing a project for my English class about ROTC. It was required to read a book about our project to have further insight about the topic. Picking a book with a title, “Army 101”, I thought I would gain more depth on the basics about ROTC. Although Axe, through in some facts here and there to prove a point, which was needed for background information, there still could have been more. I wasn’t looking for a history class lecture, but more direct quotes from the point of view of the soldiers. There were a few chapters about why people fail or drop out, why it’s not for everyone and it seemed more negative than positive. There should be more on why the cadets are there to serve, and the motivation it takes. I did however like reading about the Ranger Challenge and the obstacles they face while dedicated to the intense training.
In all honesty if it wasn’t required to read this book I wouldn’t have continued for even two chapters. The writing is very dry and straight forward; useful for educational purposes, but it is not something I would pass along to a friend unless they wanted to join ROTC .It seemed more from a outside perspective, than “inside ROTC”. It was well written, just not my style for something I would typically enjoy.
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