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September 20, 1989 | JOHN M. BRODER, Times Staff Writer
The first shocks for recruits entering basic training at Ft. Knox are the barber's buzz cut, the 0430 reveille and the cold clang of a ladle on a metal meal tray. But that's nothing; the recruits expect all that. The real eye-opener is the drill sergeant, who is very likely to be black. For most white recruits, the Army is the first place they will find themselves taking orders from a black man, because about 40% of the Army's drill sergeants are black.
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September 20, 1989 | JOHN M. BRODER, Times Staff Writer
The first shocks for recruits entering basic training at Ft. Knox are the barber's buzz cut, the 0430 reveille and the cold clang of a ladle on a metal meal tray. But that's nothing; the recruits expect all that. The real eye-opener is the drill sergeant, who is very likely to be black. For most white recruits, the Army is the first place they will find themselves taking orders from a black man, because about 40% of the Army's drill sergeants are black.
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