Indoctrinating children from the inner cities with military training--"running . . . obstacle and assault courses and watching combat demonstrations"--seems a strange way to help them refrain from violent behavior (July 10). The Times describes these young people participating in leadership building activities like "standing at attention . . . saluting officers and following orders."
It gets worse--children as young as 8 years old "crawling under barbed wire and learning how to capture a city without injuring civilians." Perhaps when the 8 year olds master that last item they can pass on a few pointers to the rest of our military forces.