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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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To Become an Officer?

To Become an Officer?

January 24, 1959—Lawton, Oklahoma

(p.87) 8 To Become an Officer?
Boy on the Bridge

Andrew Marble

University Press of Kentucky

The chapter is set in January 1958, the night of the first day of Field Artillery Officer Candidate School (FA-OCS), at Fort Sill, Oklahoma, when John Shalikashvili is considering quitting, given the insanity of the program. The chapter explains how he joined the US military through the “peacetime draft” as well as why, despite not desiring a career in the military, the call of the family business is motivating him, as it did his brother Othar Joseph Shalikashvili before him, to prove he can measure up to his ancestors, particularly his father, whom he greatly admires, by becoming an officer.

Keywords:   John Shalikashvili, Field Artillery Officer Candidate School (FA-OCS), Fort Sill, Oklahoma, peacetime draft, family business, Othar Joseph Shalikashvili

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