Garden City Telegram from Garden City, Kansas on May 26, 1971 · Page 5
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New Army Being Run Old Way? Views Are Varied By HUGH A. MULLIGAN AP Special CorreipondBnt "Mah, I'm giving you a legal order, now move!" ; More and more this is the way the word goes out these days when an NCO, a noncommissioned officer, wants to get anything done at a U.S. military bases around the worM. "Can't teU a man to do something no more and expect it to get done;" complained platoon Sgt. Wade Jackson, Columbia, S.C,, a" Vtetoam veteran now with the 1st Division in Augsburg, Germany. "Gotta watch what you say. Everybody knows his rights and the general's door is always. A dude went up to Gen. Garth (Maj. Gen. Marshall Garth) the other day and complained about, his breakfast. That's no way to run an Army. They're breaking down the whole command structure." From the same rung on the command structure, Sgt. Fred Murdock, Albany, N.Y., with ;hc 4th Armored Division in Nuernberg, had an opposite viewpoint. "The biggest problem today is that too many old sergeants want to run the new Army the old way," he groused. "If the guy is insubordinate and it reflects on his job, get on his back. But if he hasn't bad time <td get his fatigues out of the cleaners and; he's the only man in the outfit who .can take a tank apart and put it back together, why hassle him? Who cares what the book says?" Wherever U.S. troops are .stationed around the globe these days, the new look in the military is sure to be a subject of heated debate, especially among the sergeants and petty officers, the authority figures whose growls traditionally can make an outfit get up and go. On a roving assignment to as- Special for Dad and Gr\ad $4%00 Refund on these fine products. ., REMINGTON™ STEAM-ALL™ FABRIC DE-WRINKLER Easy to hold and use in any position... takes out wrinkles Tn no time at all. 20 minutes of steam with one filling... doesn't spit or leak. THE HOT COMB~ DELUXE Dryer/Stytor FROM REMINGTON" • DOES WHAT A COLD COMB CANT • KEEPS THAT "BARBER SHOP" LOOK Now he can CONTROL hie Mr... not just comb ft, Cowlicks, unruly waves, hair that juts out arc brautfrt into line in moments. Electrically heated air from comb blower puts longer hair right where he wants it... and to stay. i Two combs, brush snap into lightweight; easy-to-use power I* wand. sess the military changes. this reporter visited from Berlin to Da Nang to Panmunjom, Launched less than a year ago in a flurry of Z-graims from Adm. . Elmo R. Zumwalt, the new Navy boss with the long sideburns, and new ARs—Army Regulatkms—tfrom Gen. William. C. Westmoreland, th« Army chief of staff; the new mod military, humanized and homogenized, already has triggered a miniwar between the "lifers," the career men, and the "short timers," the draftees and regulars who joined to cut- fox the draft and spend their days taunting and testing the system. "Don't you ever tell me what to do," a new recruit bellowed at Sgt, Scott Browne, Denver, Colo. "You ask me. I'm * human being." Browne, with an artillery bait- fory in Bavaria, was so astonished he forgot what order he had given. The senior NCOs, witii their respect for "the book" and mil itary traditions, see their au thority and their way of life threatened by a participatory brand of leadership that goes against everything they ever learned about discipline arid command structure. Standing at truculent ease, the ranks look back and see pathetic martinets playing m lethal children's game" called war for an obsolete establishment that no longer relates to anything worth saving in the world. "The lifers are always beating on the potlieads, but they don't do a thing about the juice freaks (the alcoholics)," corn- planned draftee Spec. 4 Bob Webb, Richmond, Va., who is counting the days until his discharge comes through from-his armored cavalry unit in Nuern. berg. "Alcoholism is" aa accepted fact of life among the senior sergeants; yet they don't ev«t try to understand why the young guy* blow grass." ; The. confrontation between the "stracs"—old Army hard- nose jtypes-^arid the "dudes"— young alienated troopers- would be poignant except that racial conflict and hard drugs have moved into the no-man's land between what is an irritant and what is acceptable discipline to ignite numerous incidents of violence. , "Race is worse than the antiwar stuff and drugs are worse than .both," said Cap*. Mike Coyle, Waltham, Mass., a. helicopter pilot who flies the Berlin Wall.' ' . ' ' / • ; In the past year, every command and almost every ship of lie line have had their racial ncidents and drug-related acci- tents. The body of a Negro sol- tier was found in a canal near he White House Bar in Berlin, four black Marines beat a white Marine to death at the Oamp Kitafuji firing nange in Japan. Black airmen went on strike to observe Dr. Martin either King Jr's birthday at ;be huge Wiesbaden, Germany APB. Five years ago, such incidents were unheard of. Black separatism, self-polarization of the races, whatever you want to call the militant movement toward black dormi bodes and black professors that began on Eastern college campuses a few years back, now has caught up with the services in a 'big way. Almost everywhere this reporter went;,he saw the black brothers hanging together 1 in their own bars, sitting apart in the service clubs an'd movfe theaters, taking their own ta bles in tlie snack bans and mess halls, addressing each other as "brother," instead of private or orporal, /exchanging the Black Power salute under live flagpole and greeting each other with 'the dap," the mystical and increasingly ornate soul brother handshake Where they could get away with it, they were re- 'ustog to sialute white officers, demanding their own separate side of the barracks, separate squads and separate trucks and separate mortars and artillery pieces manned only by black crews. The Army and the Marines— and to a lesser, extent the Air Force and the Navy—deny its happening' all that bad, but black separatism is there to see any day in the week, where ever you go: a truck full of blacks followed by five truck loads of whites in convoy formation on the dusty road from Khe Sanh; A Marine recoil outfit practicing , amphibious as sault landings on Okinawa,With all the blacks in one rubber boait and all the whites in four others. For the black, NCO, who elected to make a career hi service and found a pretty good unsegregiated . life, tihese >are times that try a soul brother's soul. 'Uncle' Tom," the alienated young blacks call him, dismissing him as a traitor to the cause of black militancy. At barracks level, out of sipM Erom the command racial flying squads and presidential task forces looking into prejudice in uniform, there is conflict at times between the rural, Southern "it-sure-beats-chopping-cotton" black who found a home in service and the bitter, belligerent recruit fresh from 'The Block," the black ghettos of the urban North, who hates whitey and the whole system. Militant organization® like BUS—Black Unsatisfied Soldiers—and BAG—Black Action Group—charge thai young blacks get most of the duly, see more combat and draw fewer promotion than their .white comrades -in arms, which sometimes happens, but which all commands today 'are alert to preyent. •; ^~ Actually,' '/.prejudice against blacks coming from outside the military may be *ar more subtile amid demanding. Stationed abroad,' the young black often finds .himself rejected by the vsry people he's supposed to be defending. The Germans, especially the older ones, refuse to rent him apartments or wall on nim in Foge 5 Garden City Telegram Wednesday, May 26, 1971 heir )lack taverns, soldiers Girls are dating warned against jabies." having "red-headed Career superstripers, trying :o cope with the new relaxed discipline and still win the honor banner for Company B, just as in the old diays, have a tough time trying to motivate the new breed of enlisted men. "It used to be," complained a grizzled tanker running "The Trace," the East German border patrol out of Fulda, "you could lock a man in the latrine and maybe reason with him a little. Today, you can't lay a hand on him." Many lifers, however, applaud the new discipline which gives -a man a voice in at least part of the decision-making. "I can sleep a little better these nights, knowing a guy's going to get a better break," said Marine M. Sgt. Samuel McCoy, who presides over a special leadership school for NCOs run 'by the 9th Regiment on Okinawa to ease the way into garrison life. A tall, powerful locking black i who served two combat tours in Vietnam, McCoy doesn't think the Marine Corps is going soft by lending a patient, ear to the jar-head's gripes about prejudice or bad food or too much duty. "It's just a new way of looking ait things," he said, oozing a smiling humanity into his parade grounds voice. "It means you got to treat that young private like he was your god- dam son." Next: Officers antl Gentlemen Toco John's 305 E. Kansas "The Hottest Spot in Town" . 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