CBS Evening News for Monday, Sep 09, 1968
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(Studio) Defense Department runs program to prepare servicemen for civilian life. 13,000 graduates in last 6 mos. 13,000 now enrolled at 240 military installations.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner
(Fort Lee, Virginia) Soldiers in Project Transition lead double life. Ea. soldier learns civilian job 4 hrs. each day. Humble Oil and Refining Company sponsors 1 course. [SOLDIER - asks if attendant-soldier showed customer the dipstick.] [2nd SOLDIER - says doesn't think he did He did check battery and oil. Should check battery 1st to locate dipstick.] [CNSLR. - explains pre-apprenticeship training to soldier.] Soldiers meet with cnslr with 6 mos. left to go [CNSLR. - says need to be able to read blueprints and mathematics] [Math TEACHER - teaches soldiers.] Soldiers without Mississippi diploma can spend 4 hrs per day working toward 1 or in job training courses. Local police run law enforcement course. P.E. teacher teaches weaponless control. [Director Edward Leland SLAYDON - says 65% of men stay with training. Almost no dropouts. Not program for hardcore unemployed. Describes men who're leaving. Looking at all soldiers not just Negroes.] 20 private firms join project. [SLAYDON - says economy for us to train men. Dealer pays military for service.] IBM training shown. They're more selective. Project representatives say remedy to cream-skimming is more inds. participating. Plan has produced jobs for some and teaches others while they're waiting.
REPORTER: Bruce Morton