Basic training always needed

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Not too long ago some of our nation’s military generals made the issue that many of our young people were not physically fit for military service. Well, here’s some hot news for them, just in case they are not aware of how it was in decades past. When I enlisted in the military in the early 1950s at least one-third of my basic training unit was not fit. Generals, wake up, that was the reason for basic training. At the end of our 16 weeks of basic we were all in good shape and could perform all expected of us. I suppose these are the same generals who sat silent while members of Congress (most of whom never served themselves) made the huge cuts in the programs. What is basic training today — six weeks, eight weeks, or is soon to be a correspondence course? Paul T. McDaniel, Auburn