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Classes have started for Army officers at Idaho State University as they immerse themselves in Soviet military strategy.

The students attended classes in rooms decorated with Soviet flags and a portrait of Lenin.One of the instructors, Major William Kirtley, dresses in a Soviet military uniform.

"The officers' perception was heightened by this approach," Kirtley said. The use of Soviet symbols is intended to make the soldiers rethink their purpose in the military. Kirtley, a member of the Army Reserve, is also a high school teacher in Oregon.

The Army recently moved the training sessions from Reno, Nev. to ISU.

Most of the soldiers think the move is an improvement. Some officers who have brought their families feel that Pocatello provides more for them than Reno's gambling environment.