[Marxism] Why David Horowitz is Revolting #3

Brian Shannon Brian_Shannon at verizon.net
Wed Mar 8 07:43:20 MST 2006

How the Vietnam antiwar movement and 1960s counterculture penetrated  
a conservative bastion.

Hill Country in North George, at one time (perhaps still) home of  
mountain training for U.S. Army Ranger program

The Vietnam Era was a time that brought many changes to the Corps of  
Cadets at North Georgia College. NGC was still relatively isolated  
compared to other colleges. Dahlonega was still a rural community  
with not much contact with the outside world. This was beginning to  
change as the 1960's progressed
. . .
During this time all able-bodied men were required to participate in  
the Corps of Cadets. Except for veterans and those physically  
disqualified, few waivers were granted. This policy guaranteed a  
large number of cadets within the Corps. There were over nine hundred  
cadets within the military program, including the male commuters who  
were not exempt from participation in the military program. The Corps  
was so large that it took up four dormitories, Sirmons, Gaillard,  
Sanford, and Banes. Most Corps functions, such as drill, PT tests,  
Squad and Platoon Progress, and others were conducted on Wednesday  
mornings. This led to the institution of Saturday morning classes,  
which made up for those classes that cadets missed on
Wednesday mornings.

Unlike other, more urban, colleges, the attitude of the students at  
NGC was overwhelmingly in support of the Vietnam War. There were no  
demonstrations or protests against the United States involvement in  
Vietnam. The students believed in the principle for which the nation  
was fighting and were well aware that most of those who were to be  
commissioned were going to be sent to serve in Vietnam. Indeed, as  
Colonel Chamberlain points out, the heaviest percentage of  
commissions from NGC at this time were in the Combat Arms. Even if a  
cadet was not branched Combat Arms, he was most likely detailed to a  
combat branch.

As the war in Vietnam began to wind down and the size of the Army  
began to decrease, the college administration began to reassess the  
policy requiring all male students to participate in the Corps of  
Cadets. The general mood of the nation was anti-military and anti- 
Vietnam. This sentiment was beginning to show among the students of  
NGC. The college was beginning to suffer difficulties in recruiting  
new students with its policy on the military program. In 1972, in an  
attempt to ensure the survival of both the college and the military  
program, NGC President Dr. John H. Owen changed the policy requiring  
all male students to participate in the military program to the form  
that it exists in today. Only resident males were now required to  
participate in the military program. Within a year the number of  
cadets shrank from around seven hundred to less than three hundred.


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