Military Personnel to Study Minority Group Cultures
(Charles Mount in the Chicago Tribune, 3 March 1971)
An in-depth study program[*] of black and Chicano (Mexican-American) cultures will be made mandatory for all military personnel in each branch of Service.
Personnel from “. . . the lowest recruit to generals and admirals will be required to attend the program, designed to improve race relations in the Armed Forces . . .” a Defense Department official said. The program is another attempt to increase the re-enlistment rate as the Defense Department moves toward all-volunteer Armed Forces.
The program will include black and Chicano history, anthropology, sociology, and cultural aspects over which tensions have risen in the past, the spokesman said.
It will go into effect between 1 May and 1 June and will focus on the black and Chicano culture because these groups are the two biggest in the Armed Forces, the spokesman said.
The Army, Navy, Marines, and Air Force all contributed ideas to higher Defense Department officials who developed the system.