All Quiet on the Western Front

why did the students join the army

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The students enlisted as a result of patriotic ideals and the idea of war as glorious and romantic.

When we went to the district-commandant to enlist, we were a class of twenty young men, many of whom proudly shaved for the first time before going to the barracks. We had no definite plans for our future. Our thoughts of a career and occupation were as yet of
too unpractical a character to furnish any scheme of life. We were still crammed full of vague ideas which gave to life, and to the war also an ideal and almost romantic character.


All Quiet on the Western Front