20 Year Ago Today. Worlds apart

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It was 20 years ago today. I worked as a military instructor at a local high school. This was mandatory for boys in 9th and 10th grade. 2 hours in class a week, and after the first year at the end of May 10 days of field training with living in the camp (all kids of the school district participated and we used to occupy a school building). This was not a joke. Boys learned AK-47 and could take it apart in half a minute with their eyes closed, they shoot AK-47, learned grenades, dug trenches, knew how to detect and measure radiation, detect chemical weapon and determine the type, learned how to protect themselves in case you, Americans will drop the nuke on them. The kids were told that you, the Americans, were the danger, and that they needed to be ready. And they were trained... 20 years ago... Worlds apart... (CLick the speaker button below to hear the music)

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Mary Warren
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Wow, impressive.  I'm not sure if I agree with 'babies' (boys under 18) learning how to handle guns but interesting to hear how other countries do this.

May 25, 2008 04:30 PM #1
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Mary -  They do not now. And this is a very good sign, Even though there is a lot of people who got so used tp the notion of America wanting them badly, and every time something happens in the country, they blame America. Al lot of people in a lot of countries blame America for everything that goes worng.

North Korea is still training everyone, even girls. They are still instilling n the minds of people that America is only waiting to occupy them...

May 25, 2008 04:34 PM #2
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Jon ~ Was that you in Siberia learning to shoot your AK-47 at America? You defiantely were worlds apart.

Glad you are on our side now.

Happy Memorial Day for you and your family.

May 25, 2008 04:36 PM #3
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Nicholas - I was a military instructor at school. I was with these kids in the field, I just did not post those photos. I was uniformed.

And it was worlds apart. It really was.

May 25, 2008 04:46 PM #4
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Great post. Very interesting. I hope folks take a moment to remember the fallen and their families from all wars and as I like to say if you appreciate your freedom shake a veterans hand.

Have a great year.

May 25, 2008 05:15 PM #5
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Kirk -  I am not sure you had a minute to read it. It is not about fallen (luckily).

A bit weird

May 25, 2008 05:25 PM #6
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Hugh Krone
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Jon ,

We are all product of our past experiences, whether the memories are fond or not they will always be there. I hope the world can continue to move away from those type of pictures but I am afraid we may be moving towards them.

May 25, 2008 11:31 PM #7
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Jon ~

 

You have my respect sir. You have come from another world into sanity. I hope America remains so.

May 26, 2008 01:10 AM #8
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20 years ago I was standing watch on the other side of the "line" thinking I may have to shoot at a few of you. Luckily we never had to shoot at each other.

Thank yo to all who have served to keep the US free.

May 26, 2008 03:15 AM #9
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Hugh - To tell you the truth, at that time everybody, except for our great leader Mikhail Gorbachev knew that America needed us as much as our late May snow, but Gorbachev was a pretty slow thinker. The colossal machine was nearing the collapse, but was still dangerous if it could come to self-destructing desperation.

I know that in US Gorbachev has credit, but not with us, those who lived under him. Unless, of course, you can credit the indecisive leader for lack of leadership. We all were lucky that we collapsed relatively quietly. This could have been the first time that Russia did not have a major bloodshed.

20 years ago it was already spinning the wheels, but the guns were still blazing

May 26, 2008 05:23 AM #10
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Nicholas  - It was my lucky chance and I took it before it was too late. It was first time in my life that being a Jew (stated in line 5 of my passport, and that's why when we were talking to someone who knew it, we would say that we were limping on the five, meaning that this is preventing us from certain occupations or positions) offered me great benefit. Jews were used by the Soviets as change. They wanted better relationship with USA, they would start letting Jews out, and whenthe relationship gets sour, they would stop it.

At that time we were called locmotives, as we were granted the visa for the whole family, and my ethnic Russian wife could go with me..

Oh well, it was all long ago

May 26, 2008 05:30 AM #11
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Kevin - Thank goodness that did not happen. I am looking at the photo of these 16 year olds, and I know that they would have simply perish, become the cannon meat.

Generation born in 1924, boys that were drafted at the very beginning of Russia's war with Nazi Germany (1941) was practically wiped out. only 4 out of 100 survived. Injured, crippled, but survived. THey were thrown in the war with nothing but patriotism.

Thank goodness it did not happen this time.

May 26, 2008 05:36 AM #12
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Jon - 9th and 10th grade is a little young but I'm not opposed to 17 or 18 year old kids learning or perhaps some small form of national service.  Note:  when I say "learning" I don't mean selecting a specific enemy of fear though.

May 26, 2008 05:46 AM #13
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Jon - 9th and 10th grade is a little young but I'm not opposed to 17 or 18 year old kids learning or perhaps some small form of national service.  Note:  when I say "learning" I don't mean selecting a specific enemy of fear though.

May 26, 2008 05:46 AM #14
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Tchaka - I would agree. Army takes long, but a month of training in a camp setting may prove very beneficial. We are an individualistic society, and such training would require from the young people to work as a tight group, whose whole success or failure depends on the collective effort.

Of course, no enemy as the reason for training.

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