In All Quiet on the Western Front, why did the students join the Army?

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The students joined the army because their teachers and the rest of their town were romantic believers in the glory of war. They filled the boys heads with patriotic songs and pictures of victories and parades. They had had no real experience with the realities of the war and the students believed them. Once they were subjected to real war, their romantic notions quickly died. But many people in their towns continued to believe in their romantic notions that Germany could never be defeated and that the boys were doing a marvelous thing.

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