Tuesday, January 2, 2018

U.S. Army Etiquette Classes

General Clarke says the men take very well to the four-hour course in etiquette. “Our etiquette instruction is not so detailed as it might be,” he says, “but we provide the men with the fundamentals in the hope that it will make their associations easier. None of them regards it as sissified.”

Army Teaches Etiquette to Its Top Kicks
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Only School of Its Kind Operated By General Clarke 

They're teaching etiquette to bulldog-jawed sergeants in this Bavarian city. But don't let it throw you. The U.S. Army isn't going soft. It's just Brigadier Geneneral Bruce C. Clarke's noncommissioned officers’ academy at work. Clarke, a handsome, broad-shouldered, armored warfare veteran who made an enviable record in World war II, is running the only school of its kind in the Army. He is now commanding officer of the second U.S. constabulary brigade in addition to his schoolmaster role. “Etiquette,” a word not usually associated with loud-voiced, top sergeants, is only one of the courses in Clark's six-week’s school term.

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The men also learn leadership, drill and command, instructor training, administration, supply and other pertinent information. The school was established last Oct. 17 on orders of Major General I.D. White, commanding general of the U. S. constabulary. There were 150 students in the first class. Since then 1,500 have been graduated. In addition to military courses, the noncom is taught citizenship and morality, health and sanitation, administration of military justice and constabulary problems. General Clarke says the men take very well to the four-hour course in etiquette. “Our etiquette instruction is not so detailed as it might be,” he says, “but we provide the men with the fundamentals in the hope that it will make their associations easier. None of them regards it as sissified.” – By Richard K. O’Malley in Munich, San Bernardino Sun, 1950

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