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A teacher's education in Army Basic Training

Nine Weeks

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  • 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.


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