Monday, April 4, 2016

"Find out how YOU can earn college credits as an AIRMAN"

Here's another advertisement from the April 1957 issue of Senior Scholastic. This one touts the United States Air Force, which only came into existence as a separate branch of the military in 1947.

The advertising copy states, in part:
"Like many young men faced with the prospect of military service, you may be wondering how to fit college into your life — without the loss of precious years. Well, about 250 colleges and universities offer courses under the United States Air Force Civilian School Program, for which you can receive residence credit toward your college degree. About 9,000 airmen are enrolled in the United States, and about 4,000 overseas."
The photo with the advertisement reminds me of a U.S. Army TV commercial from the 1980s or 1990s, the one in which some high school seniors are sitting in a diner, talking worriedly about what they're going to do after graduation. One of them seems very unconcerned as he merrily snags french fries and pickles off other plates. When they ask him what he's going to do after high school, he tells them he's joining the Army. Who else remembers that one?

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