1. By 1969, what new type of black soldier appeared in Vietnam?
By 1969, a new type of black soldier appears in Vietnam. The blacks who were professional military men had been used up by the war, and replacing the careerists were black draftees, many of whom could have been home marching in the civil rights movement or rioting in the rebellions that were sweeping urban ghettos. These men are filled with a new sense of pride and purpose. They speak loudly against discrimination encountered on the battlefield, refuse to overlook any racial insults or incidents from their white comrades, and want blacks to be unified on the battlefield to support one another and to protest indignities.
2. Why does Malik go into the service?
Malik goes into the service, because he does not feel he had any other choice. He can't go to college because his parents can't afford it. He only weighs 117 pounds, so no one will hire him. The only other choice he has is to join the Marines.
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