March 7, 1998 |
Christopher Blackman, 19, of Walla Walla, Wash., is cold, hungry, covered with mud, soaked by sweat and chilly rain, and exhausted both mentally and physically. He has never been happier. He has just endured a 54-hour gut-busting ordeal called "the Crucible," the capper to 12 arduous weeks of Marine Corps boot camp--a regimen that a national commission has suggested the other military branches, which have softened their own training, would do well to emulate.
February 11, 2001 |
Discipline, perseverance and peak mental and physical fitness are assets for any line of work. But a few specialty careers demand these in extreme measures. In June, Aaron Henderson, 20, will enter what some call the world's toughest military school: the Navy's Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL, or BUD/S, program in Coronado, Calif. Since his junior year in high school, Henderson's goal has been to become a Navy SEAL. "But right now, I just want to get through the training," he said.
February 28, 2005 |
The State Department has recommended that U.S. military training resume in Indonesia after a break of more than a decade, as Washington seeks closer military ties with the world's most populous Muslim nation. In a weekend announcement, the department said Indonesia had met conditions set by Congress for reestablishing the training relationship.
December 13, 1988 |
The United States, Britain and Canada agreed Monday to suspend all low-level military jet training over West Germany for the next three weeks "out of respect for the victims" of a fiery crash last week. The suspension, requested by the West German government after the Dec. 8 accident at Remscheid, will block military flight training below altitudes of about 10,700 feet. "The suspension will remain in effect until Jan.
August 13, 1993 |
A woman must be allowed to take classes at The Citadel, South Carolina's state-supported military college, a federal judge ruled Thursday. But he did not decide whether to permanently end the school's all-male admissions policy. Shannon Faulkner sued The Citadel earlier this year, charging that the school's policy was unconstitutional discrimination. The Justice Department joined the case on her side. Under U.S. District Judge C. Weston Houck's ruling, the 19-year-old Powdersville, S.C.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 19, 2001
Re "Bush Team Plans to End Vieques Bomb Training," June 14: This is not the solution to this problem. Caving to pressure breeds contempt and encourages pressure in other areas. Call the bluff of Puerto Rican activists and bleeding-heart liberal Democrats in this country. Grant Puerto Rico the independence from the U.S. that many there demand. Cut the U.S. taxpayer dollars sent yearly to Puerto Rico to prop up its Third World economy. Then agree to end the use of Vieques island for U.S. military training.