Citizen Warriors: America's National Guard and Reserve Forces and the Politics of National Security

Citizen Warriors: America's National Guard and Reserve Forces and the Politics of National Security

Citizen Warriors: America's National Guard and Reserve Forces and the Politics of National Security

Citizen Warriors: America's National Guard and Reserve Forces and the Politics of National Security

Synopsis

This text concentrates on the how and why of criminal law, how and why does behaviour become, or stop, being criminal? Issues considered include fraud, squatting, sexual offences and drug use.

Excerpt

It was the middle of a warm summer night in 1966 during a pouring rain. As the weapons officer of the U.S.S. Carronade (IFS-1), I was supervising the ship's company as the entire crew labored frantically to load ammunition at the weapons pier, U.S. Naval Station, Subic Bay, Philippine Islands. One of only four rocket-firing assault ships, the Carronade brimmed with firepower, which had already proven to be very effective for the close-in gunfire support of American soldiers and marines in South Vietnam. It was soon to be the subject of a Time magazine article. Operational commitments required a return to Vietnam as soon as the ammunition was loaded.

Taking a brief break, I walked to a telephone at the end of the pier and called Washington, D.C. I suspected that correspondence regarding a new duty assignment had been mailed to me, and because it often took six weeks for mail to reach a destination in the war zone, I was fairly certain that someone was impatiently waiting for a response. the navy detailer went straight to the point. the navy wanted me to report to a Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps unit at an American college or university to teach students who aspired to commissions in the navy.

My reaction was total surprise. I knew that after two seagoing assignments I was scheduled for shore duty, but I expected a much different set of orders. I was a Naval Academy graduate with a regular officer's commission, not a reserve commission. I was totally unfamiliar with the organization, the training, and even the capabilities of naval reservists. I had no experience whatsoever with the reservists of the other military services or the National Guard.

Any respite from combat duty would have been welcome. Almost two years earlier and only ten days after my wedding, I had left on my first assignment to the wartime theater of operations. An unexpected development had suddenly made a change in orders even more desirable. Shortly before I detached from my ship, navy . . .

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