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The Manufacturing of an American Soldier An Examination of the Indoctrination Process During the Gulf War at Fort Knox Kentucky As a soldier you have accepted a solemn obligation to defend the ideals of freedom justice truth and equality as found in The Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution Whether you are serving a single term or making a career of the military your actions should never be contrary to the ideals and principles upon which this nation was founded - Department of the Army Soldiers Handbook 62 In February of 1991 Bravo Troop of the 515 Cavalry stationed at Fort Knox Kentucky Training Facility performed a ritualized ceremonial examination of its new recruits The recruits arose at four am and marched till eight to arrive at a small secluded building surrounded by forest The recruits stood in a single-file line facing the entrance of the building eyes forward feet shoulder width apart hands folded in the small of their back Approximately one hundred and twenty recruits stood peering through the lenses of their protective masks watching fifteen soldiers enter the building Once inside the building the fifteen recruits stood at attention fingers curled thumb locked on second knuckle of the index finger hands placed at their sides heels together feet splayed at a forty-five degree angle stomach in chin-up eyes forward in three lines five recruits deep facing the Drill Instructor The room was filled with thick white smoke The only light came from a small fire burning on the cement floor at the drill instructors feet Beside the fire was a metal olive-green container labeled in black block lettering the read Solid CS Agent The Drill instructed the recruits still standing at attention to remove their protective masks which they did with little hesitation Exposure to such high concentrations of CS gas produces a violent bodily reaction that cannot be refused Once the
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