Are our schools good enough? That may seem like a strange question and topic for a CPN Veterans report, but I think it must be asked. The Army, our Army, has developed an Army prep course to bring the young recruits up to recruiting standards.

The Army has set up a classroom with students and instructor dressed in Army uniforms. A poster is prominently displayed, highlighting Army values as well as warrior characteristics, attitudes and habits. It is part of the new Future Soldier Preparatory Course, a pilot program to help recruits who come up short on fitness and academic standards be able to move on to basic training. It is a challenge these days to find young men and women that are qualified to serve in the armed forces. If it succeeds, it will become a permanent course and will be included in all basic training locations.

This not the first time the Army has established a program for recruits to improve their enlistment prospects. In the early 2000s, the service created a school to help recruits earn their general education development or GED diploma. On a personal note, I had a cousin who received his GED diploma in the Army and was able to attend Officer Candidate School and eventually rose to the rank of First Lieutenant.

Many of us got our first training and education for our careers in the military. There are even more opportunities and choices of occupations training than in past.

Please note: our monthly meeting of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation Veterans Organization is the 3rd Tuesday of the month this month, October 18 at 6 p.m. (or as soon as you can get there) in the North Reunion Hall on the CPN Powwow Grounds. This is a week earlier than usual.

All CPN Veterans and spouses and their families are welcome. Membership in the Veterans organization is not required; come and visit us and enjoy our socializing. For more information you can contact Daryl Talbot.

Daryl Talbot, Commander