Federal Education: You're in the Classroom Now

At least in theory, it is now possible for a semi-illiterate to enter the U.S. Army and come out a college graduate, with the Pentagon paying 75% of the tab. To apply its fabulous technology, the U.S. military has become an extraordinary teacher of everything from astronautics to electronics to nucleonics to teaching itself. Now the Defense Department even has a Deputy Assistant Secretary for Education. He is Edward L. Katzenbach Jr., a driving man of 44 who runs a $350 million-a-year empire that spurs learning throughout the armed forces, although it...

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