THE RISHER TRADITION (LIKE CARLISLE) CONTINUES AT CMA
The reader may wonder why it was an advantage for a young man to come to Carlisle Military School instead of staying home and going to public school. I find no fault with public schools; both of my children were educated in the public schools of Bamberg.
I think there is a camaraderie in a military boarding school, however, that is different than anywhere else. It is almost unexplainable unless you have had the experience. Respect, loyalty, organization, punctuality, and the ability to carry out orders are a few of the many qualities one can develop, though a boy may not realize their value at the time. The responsibility given to a non-commissioned or a commissioned officer develops leadership that most college graduates don’t even have. Contacts are made with other students from all over the world which will perhaps prove beneficial later in life in the business world. One of the greatest lessons one learns is how to get along with his fellow man, to give and take, and to know you can start at the bottom and reach the heights you desire.
Many people say military training is regimented, but I believe a military organization, properly run, is very democratic. A young man with ability and desire can go just as high as he wishes. He can remain a private or he can work and attain higher goals. Also, in a military environment he is motivated to settle for nothing less than the best.
A boarding school has an advantage over a day school in that in the boarding school the administration and the faculty control all of the student’s time. It is necessary to give the student enough to do and to motivate him to better himself. When caring, demanding adults control his time, they have more opportunities to be with him and guide him in the right direction.
Cadets came to Carlisle for many reasons. Some came because they wanted to go to military school; some came because their father and mother both worked and thought they could give their son a good education and, at the same time, know where he was when they went to bed at night. Some came from broken homes with a working mother. Some came, I am sure, to learn discipline.
Colonel Thompson wrote “At Ease” based on his personal experience and events at Carlisle Military School from September 1942 to May 1977.