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If the first premise was well founded, then the school must bear the responsibility for such failure. The polity of the military school experience, much less the academic program that is acquired by increments, is not subject to quick fixes. The average tenure of a cadet at military school ranges between two and two and a half years. This period cannot help but have more beneficial effects than received by those who stay one year or less, but it is still too short a time. There is a reason that both public and private high schools last four years.
But it is not only from cadets that I have heard such reports. The president of one school (not among my ten) openly admitted that specialized recruiters were employed to “go after jocks” and promising ROTC candidates. In addition to these recruiters, schools have run ads on regional cable television and placed pull-out information request cards in TV Guide. Some schools are very professional in the area of recruitment. Another school, one of the finest, has distributed an inexplicably clumsy video, in which the boys, often shown in sloppy civilian clothes, seem to represent fairly precisely the teenage image all too familiar to parents.
Firms and they want to prepare their sons to be able to continue and expand these ties. The wealthiest, best-prepared, or most intelligent of these boys have literally streamed into America’s most prestigious academies, chiefly from Japan, Taiwan, Korea, Thailand, and increasingly China and Russia. The sons of wealthy Latin American families are also arriving in ever-increasing numbers, especially from Mexico. It was once fashionable for Latin American families of the highest social class 54 ■ MILITARY HIGH SCHOOLS IN AMERICA to send their sons to St.