Army: Civilian to Soldier

Army: Civilian to Soldier

by Meish Goldish
     
 

The young army recruits quietly moved uphill. When they reached an enemy village, they suddenly heard machine-gun blasts coming from one of the buildings. As they rushed toward it searching for the enemy, more shots rang out. Some of the men fell to the ground. Had they been wounded?

Luckily, no one was actually hurt. The shootout wasn't a real enemy attack-it

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The young army recruits quietly moved uphill. When they reached an enemy village, they suddenly heard machine-gun blasts coming from one of the buildings. As they rushed toward it searching for the enemy, more shots rang out. Some of the men fell to the ground. Had they been wounded?

Luckily, no one was actually hurt. The shootout wasn't a real enemy attack-it was an army training exercise. Look inside to learn more about what it takes for civilians to become soldiers in the U.S. Army.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Kris Sauer
In 2006 at the age of seventeen, Ian Fisher decided to forgo college and enlist in the U.S. Army. America had already been at war in Iraq for a few years. His dream was to learn to fight and defend his country in this distant Middle East nation. To do that, Ian was sent to basic combat training at Fort Benning, Georgia. One of five locations across America that train new Army recruits, this nine-week course involves intense physical training, hand-to-hand fighting skills, and weapons instruction. Using large, full-color photographs taken by U.S. Army soldiers, readers follow the training of Fisher, learning about the infamous bag drill, the importance of their battle buddy, and why drill sergeants are so important. Basic training is not the end of a soldier's education, however. For Ian Fisher, that meant training for a special combat team and a tour in Iraq. Other Army jobs range from driving a tank to helping wounded soldiers on the field and off. Part of a well-written five-book series about "Becoming a Soldier," the authenticity of the text is supported by the efforts of consultant Fred Pushies, a U.S. SOF (Special Operations Force) Advisor. Educators will appreciate the controlled text of an average 85 words per two-page spread, written at a third-grade level, as well as the glossary, index and bibliography that makes for a good nonfiction title. Readers looking for an example of unique community helpers, and students with an interest in military careers and/or with parents in the military will be drawn to the narrative text and excellent photographs that describe a world not entirely unknown to them. Reviewer: Kris Sauer

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781936088119
Publisher:
Bearport Publishing Company, Incorporated
Publication date:
08/28/2010
Series:
Becoming a Soldier Series
Pages:
24
Product dimensions:
8.24(w) x 10.38(h) x 0.28(d)
Lexile:
990L (what's this?)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

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