Youth: 44 Jobs

Forty-four young men who got to know one another as trainees at a Job Corps center near Oakland, Calif., all found jobs in the same company last week—as U.S. Army paratroopers. The 44, nearly all from poor families, volunteered as a unit, and have been assigned to a special platoon at Fort Lewis, Wash., where they were sent for basic training. Probably because of their stint at the Job Corps center, they averaged several points higher than the norm on the induction test. Without that added education, said Recruiting Sergeant Darryl Adkins—himself a veteran paratrooper—only one out of four might...

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