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Military Training in Schools

Military Training in Schools


Military Training in Schools

Military Training in Schools

To learn to shoot is only one part of a boy's military training. Many writers believe that every boy of twelve years of age and over should be given military training, that is, he should be trained not only to shoot but to drill in the manual of arms and to be disciplined to stand the hardship of the trenches.

My opinion is that military training in schools is not at all needed, and to many boys it is extremely distasteful. If the schools provide the sports of today, such as football, baseball and gymnastics, to develop the muscles of the boy and his powers of endurance he will be as well fitted for actual service in the field as any course of military training in a secondary school can give him.

Let the boy's exercise be of the sort that boys like, and do not try to force him to do a man's work while he is yet a boy. Let him learn to shoot as a matter of sport and let him enjoy life to the fullest while he is a boy, and then should a crisis appear in which his country's honor and existence are at stake, he will be on the firing-line and he will serve his country well.

Preparedness in Public Schools A fine example of preparing the boy for his own mental and physical welfare, and at the same time preparing him to defend his country should he ever be called on to do so, is the work that is now being carried on by the Public Schools Athletic League of the City of New York under the direction of its Secretary, Dr. C. Ward Crampton.

The chief purpose of the League is to look after the bodily welfare of the boy and to build him up so that he is healthy and strong and fit, and experience has shown that this can be done to the best advantage by means of competitive games.

Calisthenics—that is, light gymnastic exercises of an improved kind—are used to develop the boy's mental activities and these are further sharpened by teaching him to shoot with a sub-target machine. When the boy has shown himself to be a good shot he can then use the rifle ranges in the armories, where General Wood of the U. S. Army has assigned sergeant instructors to meet the schoolboy squads and to give them instruction in real rifle shooting.

Every school, where it is practicable, should take up the matter of training boys along the lines indicated above, both for the good it will do the boy and the possible good it may do the country.

Collins, A. Frederick. Shooting, for Boys,. New York: Moffat, Yard and, 1917. Print.

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