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Boy on the BridgeThe Story of John Shalikashvili's American Success$
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Andrew Marble

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780813178028

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: May 2020

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813178028.001.0001

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The Crucible of OCS

The Crucible of OCS

July 1959—Lawton, Oklahoma

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Boy on the Bridge

Andrew Marble

University Press of Kentucky

The chapter is set at Field Artillery Officer Candidate School (FA-OCS) at Fort Sill, Oklahoma in July 1958, shortly after John Shalikashvili graduated with distinction. Told through the eyes of Roger O’Dwyer, an OCS classmate in the cycle after Shalikashvili, the chapter reveals how the school at this time was home to the worst institutionalized hazing in army history (including rigorous Jark Marches), and traces how Shalikashvili went against the grain of OCS norms to quietly help others graduate from the program. It both signals the first turning point in Shalikashvili’s transition from struggling refugee boy to serious adult as well as marks his officially becoming an officer in the US Army—the first major step down the path to the chairmanship.

Keywords:   John Shalikashvili, Roger O’Dwyer, Field Artillery Officer Candidate School (FA-OCS), Fort Sill, Oklahoma, hazing, Jark March

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