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  1. What a delightful read, Oscar. Thanks for sharing that. One of the thoughts I had while reading it, was what a tragedy the all volunteer military has been for this country. We are no longer breeding winners, and uninterested in making men out of boys. More the pity.

    Although I joined the Army as a somewhat timid and pudgy geek, straight out of high school in June of ’63, I wasn’t particularly anxious to play soldier. However, at the time military duty was an obligation for all young men in America, and never even occurred to me to shirk my duty. I had intended to go to college to become an EE, and could have easily gotten a deferment; but then I would have been subject to the draft upon graduation.

    Since my parents couldn’t afford to pay for my college, I would have had to attend junior college for two years, and earn my tuition for the BS degree. It just made sense to me, to get my military obligation over with before starting college, and earning the GI Bill in the process. Although my Army days usually weren’t much fun, if I had life to do over again, I would repeat this decision; because I will admit that the Army made a man out of me.

    Although perhaps still somewhat of a geek in my vocational interests, I returned home after three years self-confident, solid, fit, responsible, fearless, and utterly convinced that there was no challenge I couldn’t handle, if I set my mind to it. It came as a shock how old friends I once admired and envied, who had been attending college while I was gone, now seemed to be so clueless, juvenile, irresponsible, whiny, and unpatriotic.

    Moreover, I had attained some very marketable skills on the bleeding edge of technology, which paid a lot more than just a degree without experience would have earned me. One of the things I noticed in the Army, was that most of the college graduates in the officer corps, didn’t have a lick of common sense, and wondered if college wasn’t crippling them.

    I wasn’t all that anxious to risk it, and went for the big bucks instead. When I maxed out my earning potential in the increasingly ‘human resources’ dominated corporate world, it was an easy transition to entrepreneurship, and I never looked back. My life has been interesting, adventurous, and successful beyond anything most employees could ever attain.

    Too busy building capital, I never did get around to going to college, and used my GI Bill to earn my pilot’s license instead. While I didn’t realize it at the time, this also had the blessing of never exposing my mind to the toxicity of Marxist professors, for which I shall be forever grateful to the US Army. 🙂 ◄Dave►

  2. “While I didn’t realize it at the time, this also had the blessing of never exposing my mind to the toxicity of Marxist professors, for which I shall be forever grateful to the US Army. 🙂 ◄Dave►”

    Seems we do a better job fighting totalitarians abroad than we do at home. Well up until recently anyway.

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