Armed Forces: Now See This!

A camera took aim at the rifle's innards and then switched back to a crew-cut sergeant in fatigues who breezily demonstrated how to strip the weapon.

A hundred recruits in an airy classroom at Fort Ord, Calif., sat clustered around six 23-in. television sets, intently jotting down notes. "Nobody sleeps through these classes," marveled Army

Sergeant First Class James L. Peters—with a hard-boiled twinge of nostalgia for the times when he bellowed at day dreaming rookies.

Today's trainees, virtually reared on the tube, are hooked on the Army's version of Ding-Dong School. Unwittingly, they are participants in one of the few...