The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on November 7, 1955 · Page 2
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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 2

Blytheville, Arkansas
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Monday, November 7, 1955
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PAGE TWO BLYTHEVTLLE (ARK.)' COURIER NEWS MONDAY, NOVEMBER 7, 195S Reserve Proqrom Problem; How to Change a Bunch Of Raw Kids to Soldiers By DOUGLAS LARSEN NEA Staff Correspondent FT KNOX Ky. — (NEA) — Somewhere along (he lino the U. S. Army has learned how to transform a heterogeneous bunch of skinny, fat, bewildered, smarl-alec kids into strong. That's the story of the Army's handling of the new six-month "raffa" training program created by the new Reserve'Force Act. State Hospital Patients To Be Transferred LI'I'IUS ROCK fffi — About 200 elderly patients at the State Hospital here will be transferred soon to I nursing homes through a revision in ! federal regulations requested by j .state officials. i Gov. Orval Faubus said the fed- I era! povernment, at the request of state Welfare and State Hospital officials, changed its regulations so | patients over 65 who meet the re- I qmrrment of financial need can be I placed m private nursing homes. Dr. E. H. Craw!is. hospital superintendent, said the State Hospital had about 1.100 patients over 66- The first class of 250 of these six- j month reservist? has now been at Knox more than five weeks. What; the Army is doing to the lads is important to every lad in the U. S. and to every parent of a draft-age son because this unique program offers a brand new method for dis-1 charging 1 military service. If a man finishes this training successfully he has seven and one- half years of reserve or National Guard duty left, free from active duty unless there is a war, When the program was being j planned in the Pentagon there was j much fist-banging about the fact,! that any kids who elected it must! be treated like any other draftee ; or enlisted man. That's still the basic, official approach to the program, headed by! Maj. Gen. Philip D. Ginder, special! assistant to the Army Chief of Staff j for the reserves. But when Brig. Gen. Samuel L. t Myers, boss of the training here, saw his first class he quickly adjusted all scheduled and plans to the special needs of these kids. Up until this batch of trainees arrived, the typical draftees the Ar- my was getting were in their m:d-; die 20s, mature and in sood physical shape. Because this program is ior boys n and 18. the lads they got for it were something different. : More than half of them were un-; derwciglu. In fact, many hadn't had a full meal for several days before their arrival here. Close to 50; of them had come from broken homes. Average grades nn intelligence; tests were far below the averages- for draftees. Oniy seven per cent of i the class parsed the physical abili- ! ty tests. ; The average score for the class' WHS 120. compared to 170 for ihe av- '. erage of previous draftees. Two lads got one point each. ; When Gen. Myers saw the figures ! and discovered that the lads were! not in top physical shape, he »-iodi- j fied trie standard basic training regimen which had existed for the , older trainees. i He ordered more frequent breaks j between marching and other field ; instructions. He ordered that no '• trainee should be kept on the rifle j range after 4:30 p.m., when the taining day ends. The practice had 1 course toward hiyh school and col wooden variety, the same found on any Army pa?:. But a group of buildings are beinp remodeled here for future trainees. They will provide better vemilauon. better heat and semi-private, compartments. The gre;it maojnty of the trainees are s.r.isfied with the program. The skinny ones have gained from three to six pounds since arriving The fac one. -. have slimmed down. The first eight weeks are being devoted to basic Army training. The next eight weeks will give advanced individual training and the fin?.) eight, weeks will Rive unit ir.iir.inir." The men get two weeks leave and $50 per month pay '• National Guardsmen in the pro' aet $13 per month because ! they have a greater commitment •for'service than the reservists. In spite of the shortcomings of ihe first class, and the youth of the • boy.-. Gen. Myers is confident that he" will turn out well-trained re, servisis by the end of six months. Trainees eat in a lar^e. central mess hall which looks like any average restaurant in the U. S. and probably serve? belter iood, Barracks are the World War II Next: The rights of the new re- TOUOI1EN1NG UP THE YOUNGSTERS: "Raf" trainees at Ft. Knox put on muscles with con- ditioning exercises. Program hud to he adjusted to fit special needs of the new volunteers. For Continued Progress- Under a sound, business-like administration. Re-Elect E. R. "Rabbit" JACKSON Political Ad Paid for by K. R. Jurkson many of them senile—who require nursiiiK and medical cure, rnther than psychiatric treatment. BfH-aiJse of the bed shortage at the Suiu- Hospital, he said, many have been sleeping on mattresses on the floor. Drinking Bout- Ends in Death MANILA (/I') — It was All Saints' Day. In the Tulxxi villase store south of Manila, Nlvnuto Hernandez nin into the Aurc brothers. Velenclo. 24, and Clrtaco, 20. An old feud llared anew. They aBrped to settle It by a drinking bout—the stake, their lives: The drink was rum. In time, the Aure Brothers slumped to th« floor. Then, witnesses snid. Hernandez shot Velencio dead, stabbed Ciriaco to death, and escaped. Read courier New? Classified Adi. Two students. Miss Evelyn Tomlinson and Hrs. Helen Cooper seem to be happy over the business class starting Tuesday at 7 p.m. Mr. Lincigren. the school director, is telling them about the new courses being offered. You too, REGISTER FOR CLASS-4 Months Night Course Tuesday — 7 P.M. — Lynch Bldg. over Graber's Housewives all ages — office workers — college graduates — clerks — ambitious adults have enrolled. AVhy don't you join? RUSNIESS TRAINING— Speedwriting shorthand (or Gregg if you take SOwpm), Typing, English. Spelling. Filing, Office Practice, Accounting and PERSONALITY EFFECTIVENESS. SPECIAL CIVIL SERVICE PREPARATION will help you pass tests. This is only one class lasting FOUR months for night school (2 or o nights per week). This class is limited — only a few places remain. If you want and need a course that you can take at home and continue working, this is your opportunity. A high school diploma is not necessary, if you have the desire to succeed. VISITORS ARE WELCOME FOR A FREE SPEEDWRITING AND TYPING LESSON. BUSINESS COLLEGE For Blytheville sponsored by Lindgren Speedwriting College. Located at the LYNCH BLDG. Visit or call at once 3-4097. For A Better Blytheville... For A More Efficient City Administration... For A Growing Blytheville. TO THE PEOPLE OF WARD 2: I seek this post with a strong desire to ren- der truly worthwhile service to the people of our city. All of us will benefit if the Council selected by our people will honestly and consistently devote itself unselfishly in the interest of ALL of the people. In the 13 years I have lived in Blytheville I have seen its rapid change into a small city. My home is 321 Madison and my two children are in school in Blytheville. I am President of the Blytheville Real Estate Board, a member of the Methodist Church, a Kiwanian, a Mason and a Shrincr. PENDENT WITH NO OBLIGATIONS VOTE FOR J. E. "JIMMIT STEVENSON FOR WARD 2 ALDERMAN

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