Nine Weeks

Nine Weeks: a teacher's education in Army Basic Training

A teacher's education in Army Basic Training

  • May 20, 2010 9:00am

Rich Stowell was a high school teacher in Richmond, CA but decided he needed a career change. Stowell believed this new career choice was a duty of his. Stowell at age 31, enlisted in the United States Army. The most educated man in his training battery, he decided to write about his experience as a new recruit in, Nine Weeks: a teacher's education in Army Basic Training.

Stowell, who earned his California teaching credential from Cal State East Bay, writes this book from his perspective as a professional teacher, breaking down the Army Basic Training to inform and educate the average non-military person about the program enlistees go through. He is in the process of becoming an Army officer at the Officer Candidate School.

Stowell resides in Oakland with his wife, Esther, and their son, Joseph. He met his wife while attending classes at CSUEB.


California State University, East Bay is the San Francisco East Bay Area's high-access public university of choice. CSUEB serves the region with campuses in Hayward and Concord, a professional development center in Oakland, and an innovative online campus. With an enrollment of more than 14,000, the University offers a nationally recognized freshman year experience, award-winning curriculum, personalized instruction, and expert faculty. Students choose from among more than 100 professionally focused fields of study for which the University confers bachelor's and master's degrees, as well as an Ed.D. in education. Named a "Best in the West" college, as well as a Best Business School, by the influential Princeton Review, Cal State East Bay is among the region's foremost producers of teachers, business professionals and entrepreneurs, public administrators, health professionals, literary and performing artists, and science and math graduates.

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