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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Friday, July 1, 1966
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Myttwvfle (Ark.) Courier Kewi - frldty, My 1, INI- M* lb« G,/. Guide — Part Seven Want to be a General? Hy ELTON FAY Do you think you might want to make the military a career, perhaps try after a while for an officer's commission? Some do. Many don't. The services are hot on re- enlistments, particularly of those with technical skills, and have two programs to encourage it. One is the standard reenlistment bonus, for those above the first or second grades. The standard reenlistment program provides a bonus equal to one month of pay for eacn previously served year of enlistment, with a top of $2,000. In addition, the services have something called the "variable reenlistment, bonus," aimed at providing inducement for technicians (those with "critical military skills") to stay in service. To qualify for this bonus one must have two years of active fluty, not counting active duty for training purposes, be grade E-3 or above and have a military occupation specialty (MOS) The definition o! critical skills change as new equipment or weapons conie Into use. The combination of the standard and variable bonuses run into tidy sums as reehlistments are repeated. You have seen photographs of an old time sergeant or navy chief trundling a wheelbarrow Ml of money. While reenlistment bonuses may be hundreds or even thousands of dollars, wheelbarrow loads are rare and usualy the product of some pubicity officer caper. * * * Military pay goes up steadily with promotion In rank and length of service. A master sergeant or senior chief petty officer, who entered service about 16 years ago at a starting pay of less than $90 a month draws a base pay of more than $400 now. Or, in the commissioned offer ranks, take a lieutenant colonel or navy commander as an example: He started out as a second lieutenant or ensign 16 years ago, with a base pay of less ftari ?300. His base pay now is about $700. Military pay isn't big, measured against jobs of similar nature in civilian life. That lieutenant colonel or commander is an example. Assuming he is an Air Force, Navy or Marine pilot drawing about $700 per month, with other benefits, he could get start-off pay of about $1,000 as an airline pilot ;snd, with seniority accumuat- ing, climb far above that income level. There are several possible paths to becoming a commissioned officer in the services, including appointment to the three major academies, through the Reserve Officers Training Corps programs of the services, through Officer Candidate Schools or, in limited instances, by direct commissions' from civilian life. The four service academies — the Army's West Point, the Navy's Annapolis (which also provides officers for the Marine Corps), the Air Force's Colorado Springs and the Coast Guard's New London, academy all have four-year programs. The entrance age bracket for each is the same — 17 to 22. They are the military counterparts of a civilian college or hour, whichever is lest. The United States Armed Force Institute program includes reduced fees for group extension and correspondence courses. Its program ranges bom elementary school subjects through second year college lev< el. Army Enlisted Schooling is available to all active duty per. sonnel; training must meet an Army requirement. This assistance provides normal pay anc alowances, plus tuition, books training supplies and similar fees. It covers accredited universities, colleges, graduate schools or other civilian educational institutions. There is requirement that a man must reenlist for at least three years, wifii the length of the educational period not more than 5( per cent or the enlistment. The Army General Education al Development program, available at more than 300 Army educational centers in the U.S. and overseas, provides academic and vocational - technical and foreign language classes at little or no cost. Army Degree Completion Program: this is .available to personnel with three years service who can obtain a baccalaureate degree in 12 months or a graduate degree in six months of full time college attendance. This student receives normal pay and allowances, but pays all school expenses. He must serve two years after bacca- LRU: U of A Stock? Many skills acquired in service are useful in civilian life. university. The student body ef each, with some exceptions, are men with no prior military service. Entrance is amost entirely by congressional appointment with rigid academic and physical requirements, except for the Coast Guard academy where entrance is by nationwide competitive examination. * * * Enlisted men in tile regular or reserve forces may compete for a comparatively limited number of presidential nominations to West Point, Annapolis or Colorado Springs. Graduates of the four academies are commissioned as sec- nd lieutenants or ensigns. Like those of the service academies, students in the tie- serve Officer Training Corps programs at schools, colleges and universities are no-prior-service men. The idea is that along with your civilian schooling you receive enough military training and military subjects to qualify you for an officer's commission, either in the regular es- tabishment or as a reserve of- f icer. Two of Hie services, the Army and Air Force, set ages for entrance into ROTC type units low enough to include youngsters entering high school. The age srackets for these programs of 30th services are 14-24. The naval ROTC age bracket is 17 to 21. The Coast Guard does not use an ROTC program, relying on its Officer Candidate School. The student body of the Officer Candidate Schools (OCS) maintained by the services come from the too sources. One is from the enlisted or warrant officer ranks of the regular and reserve forces — men whose work and showing in aptitude tests mark them as likely officer material. The other source are men who are college graduates and thus, if meeting other standards such as physical fitness and mental aptitude, may qualify for direct enlistment in OCS. The requirements for college degrees and the length of training at OCS schools varies somewhat with the individual services. Entrance age brackets for the OCS differs with services. The Army bracket is 18V4 to 28; the Marines 20 to 27 (but with 26 years Sie top for aviation men): the Air Force 20V4 to 29%: the Coast Guard 21 to 26. Direct appointments to officer commissions occur in instances iisted man forces. Along with WHOPPER - Bert Hicks, a commercial fisherman from Manila, caught this 41-pound catfish at Caters Fish Dock on Big Lake. The catch was •cadi June 2& where special professional or ;ecbnical skills are needed. Also commissions are granted as the direct result of Combat. Tomorrow we'll tell you about lie women in service. Your education doesn't need to end when you become an en- in the armed teaching lessons for the battlefield, the military operates a multi - million dollar educational system of correspondence courses, on-base classrooms and partly or wholly paid tuition in civilian schools Available to the enlisted man are courses similar to or identical with those for officers. They can lead the way along educational paths to promotion in rank or to officer commissions or skills that-will be useful in civilian jobs. The services have more than 300 on-base classrooms in the United States, plus others aboard ships or overseas. In addition, tiiere are a dozen general programs under which tuition and some other expenses are pair partly or wholly. It is estimated that more than three- quarters of the subjects and courses taught at on - base schools are applicable in civilian jobs. Correspondence courses are high on the popularity list. About one million servicemen, both enlisted and officer personnel, are enrolled each year. Upwards of a thousand subjects are offered. While each service operates its own educational system with its own requirements for entrance the Defense Department also runs joint schools. The Tuition Assistance programs of the services available to both enlisted and officer personnel on active duty, provide up to 75 per cent of tuition tees for off-duty study at accredited schools or $14.25 per semester laureate degree or four after graduate degree. Navy Enlisted Scientific Education: Navy or Marine person- ne in grade E-4 or above, with high school education. . In general, the draftee or enlistee is eligible for some of the elementary and other school courses in 60 days after going on active duty. However, basic and unit training may delay this. In addition to the academic courses, the Army, Navy and Air Force have similar medical programs for which the student pays off in additional obligated By J.C. TILLMAN Ainclated Preii Writer LITTLE ROCK (AP)-Little Rock University, which itarted out nearly 40 yean age with 100 student* poring over books in the wing of a senior high school, today is striving to meet the needs of a fast-growing metropolitan center. The privately-owned, independent liberal arts college sprawls over 83 acres of beautiful wooded campus in the southwest corner of the state's capital city. It has been described recently as a possible nucleus for a University of Arkansas at Little Rock — an i: Utution which some feel could be molded to better fit the needs of Central Arkansas for higher education. What does that "nucleus" consist of? Its physical plant includes seven permanent buildings. A $2.8 million expansion program involving five construction projects is planned and a $2.2 mil- ion construction program is under way. A new building housing class ; rooms and fine arts facilities will be opened for the fall term and a new library will be completed within the year. A new science building will be completed early next year, Planned in the new construction program are: -A $600,000 addition to the new library. -A $600,000 health and physical education building. —A $700,000 annex to the student union building. —A $470,00 addition to the science building. —A $500,000 three-story class- established through gifts and bequests of friends in the greater Little Rock area. It is also the beneficiary of the George W. Donaghey Foundation, estab- ished by the late Gov. and Mrs. George W. Donaghey. The foundation gives LRU some $90,000 a year. Enrollment at the school rose from the initial 100 students in 1927 to 3,149 for the fall term just ended. The enrollment of :he university doubled within the past five years. The first four-year class was graduated from the school in 1959. There were 28 degrees conferred. There were 236 degrees conferred at the end of ;he most recent term. The four-year program was initiated in 1957 and LRU gained full accreditation of the Vorth Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools in the minimum allowable time, one year later. The school moved to its present campus in 1950. gree candidates 38 different majors from which to choose in sav<?n divisions. They are business administration biological sciences, fine arts, humanities, physical sciences and mathematics and social Ki ences and teacher education. There are about 70 full-time faculty members and an equal number of part-time instructors at the university. Extracurricular opportunities include 36 campus organizations. Among those are service clubs, academic societies, student government, church-campus organizations, special interest clubs and national soroi- ties and fraternities. SHE DOESN'T KNOW EL DORADO, Kan. (AP) rural grade school teacher re-j ported to sheriff's officers that' one of her students was missing and that a search by classmates has been futile. Officers, after an hour's hunt, found the boy — and his moth- The university offers to de-1 er — fishing in a pond. arts con room wing to the fine building which is under- struction. Dr. Carey Stabler, president of LRU, said the program will be financed largely through loans and grants from the federal government. All this work is designed to meet an expected enrollment of 4,100 students by the fall of 1967. This is a far cry from the junior-college beginnings of the school. Little Rock University was •*••••*••••••••••••••••••••*••••••••••••••••• ***.********* ****** TO "G. /. GUIDE" Blytheville, Ark., Courier Hews BOX 401, TEANECK, H. L 07666 (Each Booklet $1) Enclosed is ? Send me "G.I. Guides" SEATTLE, Wash. (AP) Staff Sgt. Back Jack Argo, once described by his commanding officer as noted for "sinking his teeth into any problem," has retired. Sgt. Argo, a 150-pound black panther, was mascot for an Army unit shipped out of Ft. Lewis, Wash. He was turned over to a zoo here. Army officials report that the sergeant once was busted to private, for growling at a commander. PAGE — Johnnie Lane, former resident and son of Mr. and Mrs. John H. Lane of Paragould, will be a page during July for Rep. E. C, Gathings. He is the grandson of Mr. and Mrs. Herman Lane and greal-grandson of Mrs. John Bombolaski of hers. NAME ADDRESS CITY & STATE (Type or print plainly. 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