The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida on November 17, 1968 · Page 190
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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 190

West Palm Beach, Florida
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Sunday, November 17, 1968
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"Loosen the coil assembly and change the automatic chamber rack," he ordered. And such a man as Sgt. Lewis M. )amison, 29, who a few hours later back at Fort Jackson was teaching recruits vicious hand-to-hand combat, went to work with tiny pliers. "Remove the retaining rings," Leonard told the class. And such a man as Humble Oil & Refining, Gulf Oil, Mobil Oil, International Business Machines and General Motors. But by far the majority are very small firms and Frank M. McKernan, national PT director, warns that many more of them must join up: "To make this work at its best, we've got to have more small business involved the kind that can train and is to acquire that skill for the years ahead of them." - Dictaphone is under no obligation to hire any of the men and the men are under no obligation to join Dictaphone. But that's just a legalistic part of the arrangement. Actually, Dictaphone is beginning to think about expanding its soldier-training program. And company Returning to Army duty alter (.hiss, Sgt. Lehl teaches new recruits how to handle rifles. Vi. A. It CONTINUED hire only one, two or three men. It'll all mount up." One of the largest participants in the program" has been the U.S. Post Office. It has trained many hundreds for its clerk-carrier classification and given them jobs. As to just how many graduates in all fields have landed good jobs, PT isn't sure because a postcard follow-up to the graduates hasn't brought a big response. Says Lester L. Bedenbaugh, civilian PT coordinator at Fort Jackson: "We know lots of cases where the man became employed but he didn't bother to send in our card. Ma.ny men are so happy to get out of service that they just forget all about us." Requirements PT becomes available to a man when he's within six months of getting out. But, he must be at a base where the course he wants is available there's no transferring just to get to a desired classroom. Or, if almost right up to the end of his hitch he's still abroad, where there's no PT yet except at some Air Force bases, again he misses out. Also, many courses specify requirements. Dictaphone's, for example, calls for a high school diploma or its equivalent, and passing grade on a mechanical aptitude test. If a course is oversubscribed, priority goes to men with combat disability, then to those with no civilian skill. PT points with satisfaction to certain statistics. More than 65 percent of men eligible for it apply to participate, and the dropout rate has been only 5 percent. And many of those taking courses speak fervently of the hoped-for future. Says Sgt. Jamison, the hand-to-hand combat in I ., ' . s w" ""I says 26-year-old William D. Turner, of Collinsville, Va., a burly Army cook whose formal schooling stopped in the ninth grade. Project Transition (PT) is the name of the Defense Department program set up directly to serve the 16,000 U.S. servicemen who complete their military careers each week. At more than 250 military bases, from coast to coast, including all four services, and at some Air Force bases abroad, PT is offering approximately 2400 courses. From welding to postal handling, from operating bulldozers to selling cars marketable skills are available for the men about to shuck off the uniform for good. On the national scale, it's estimated that some 20,000 are now in training and that 15,000 have graduated. Here at Fort Jackson, where more than 400 are in courses and more than 300 have already graduated, PARADE recently sat in on the schoolroom set up by Dictaphone one of the many private industrial firms offering free facilities to PT. Dictaphone's scene of action is its Advanced Training Center in downtown Columbia, six miles from Fort Jackson. Sgts. Walker and Tillman and 14 other men of war began drifting in shortly after 7 : a.rj. for their class which runs p.ri'i Give your holiday dinner the crowning touch. Bake a perfect pumpkin pie. The secrets are PET Evaporated Milk and PET-RITZ Piecrust Shells . . . and this recipe. Perfect results every time I PUMPKIN PIE 1. Preheat oven to 375. P Piecrust Shells 2. Mix in 3-quart bowl 1 cup firmly packed Brown Sugar, In ! hu ll ii- (uiils... In Hi Ml ;m'l t . , I 1 Tablesp. Flour, 1 Tablesp. Pumpkin Pie Spice (see note) lir.l V.i 'j; PEL ma vi teasp. sail, our in unm smooin i-id. can rumpun (2 cups), 1 cups PET Evaporated Milk (1 tall can) and 1 Egg, slightly beaten. 3. Pour evenly into 2 unbaked PET-RITZ Piecrust Shells. Bake on cooky sheet 40 to 45 minutes, or until knife inserted 2 inches from edge comes out clean. Serve warm or cold. Each serves 6. Note-You can use 1V4 teasp. Cinnamon, XA teasp. Nutmeg, S MILK. PET i teasp. Ginger and Vt teasp. ground Cloves in place pumpkin pie spice. Sgt. Phillip H. Lehl, 21, who a few hours later was showing trainees how to kill with the M-16 rifle, set about with a little screwdriver. Leonard is enthusiastic about his class: "These fellows are about the most attentive and hard-working people I've ever handled. They really work at learning. Part of it, I guess, is because discipline is ingrained in Army men. But I can see, too, that their main incentive president Walter W. Finke explains: "Our purpose at Fort Jackson is twofold. We've recently added many new products to our line and we have to expand our crew of maintenance men. Project Transition helps us do this. At the same time, it gives us the opportunity as good corporate citizens, to help solve an important national problem." Other industrial giants among the 300 firms now cooperating in PT include for four hours every weekday morning and lasts for eight weeks. They were in uniform and on Army time. By 7:30 the men were seated, each at his own desk, each with his own tool kit, and before each was a comply little Dictaphone model TA-5 which has more than 500 pans. Then Jim Leonard, training center manager and instructor, began teaching the soldier-students how to break down and reassemble the sophisticated device. 26 structor: "I know I can't sell hand-to-hand on the outside and my only other background is a boiler room. I sure hope this course keeps me from going back to that." PT, itself, takes the initiative to get to the men. It's impressive that a vast impersonal organization the U.S. military establishment is watching over its needy ones like a very concerned parent. PARADE NOVIMBIR 17, 18

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