"For a great many years there has been maintained at this school a battalion of cadets who have added a military touch to the campus of the institution. The value of military training for youths of the adolescent period of life is widely and almost universally recognized. It adds dignity to the school as well as to the individual. It promotes a proper posture and carriage and fosters the health of every boy. Pure military drill is as effective as gymnastics in promoting the general health and tone of the body, and combined with gymnastics makes an ideal combination for health building. Marching to music and command is so well recognized in this respect that it is a component part of all well organized gymnastic courses though they may be organized and sponsored without thought of any military training and their sponsors may even be utterly opposed to all things military.
In the army, parades and ceremonies have been found a necessity in order to break up the drab monotony of the confining and fatiguing life of the soldier. The music, the pomp and ceremony, the pride of organization and of regalia serve to build an esprit de Corps that is impossible of attainment in any other way. Here again we take a lesson from the army, and by dressing our boys in their finest, and allowing them to parade once a week with their own officers, their own band and their own stand of colors, instill in them a pride of organization and of person and helps them forget the less pleasant things of a life shut away from the world."1
"The boys march in military formation every day in the year. Setting-up exercises are held during the winter months. Company drill and drill in the manual of arms are held every morning and evening in the spring, summer and fall. Dress parade is held Sunday afternoon.
The military organization is officered by boys from majors down to corporals, who handle the battalion entirely in dress parade. Men officers have supervision and direct other drills. Between four hundred and five hundred boys who had been in this school were in the army, navy, marine corps and aviation corps in the late war. It is known that eight of them were commissioned officers. A great many were non-commissioned officers. Several were killed and many wounded. What more can a man do than that?"2
1. State Industrial Training School, The Industrial Training
School Year Book 1926, Golden: State Industrial Training School Press, 1926,
unnumbered. Stored at the Colorado State Archives RCC 10150.
2. State Industrial School, What the S.I.S. Is Doing, Golden: State Industrial School Press, n.d., stored at the Colorado State Archives RCC 10150.
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