Reporting to an officer

I commanded B-15-4, Fort Knox, Ky., from March 1976-April 1977. Our battalion commander stipulated that each company commander speak to all his trainees. I did this in groups of five. This allowed each trainee to practice reporting to an officer indoors. It gave me the chance to ask each soldier what job the Army had given him and if they had any questions they wanted to ask(many were scared of the drill sergeants and did not ask questions). I asked one trainee what job the Army had given him. This trainee had the saddest expression on his face as he told me he wanted to be a cook, but his scores were not high enough so the Army was going to make a helicopter mechanic out of him.

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