Letter: ‘Training Private Ryan’ not ad

By Gus Bode

Dear Editor:

In response to associate professor of recreation Jim Glover’s letter to the editor entitled “No more free ads for the Pentagon,” I totally disagree with Mr. Glover’s assessment of the public interest story, “Training Private Ryan.” The article was in no way a marketing tool for the Pentagon. The purpose of the article was to tell about some of the training that Army ROTC offers our future Army officers and leaders. To equate the training with dressing up like Boy Scouts and playing with guns while camping is ludicrous.

The Army embodies the seven Army values of loyalty, duty, respect, selfless service, honor, integrity and personal courage. How many of these values do you, Mr. Glover, adhere to? It’s thanks to the many sacrifices of the brave volunteers of the United States military that allow Mr. Glover to live in his world of recreation, leisure and fun, all the time denigrating what others have done, and are still doing, so he can live the life he chooses.


Lt. Col. Bruce L. Cline Carbondale