Dating at west point
He's completely free of the desire to join the military now. He said just two days ago that he can still here the sonic crack of the bullet he dodged when deciding not to go the military route as he'd dreamed of doing since his elementary school days.
I credit several sources for the removal of the rose colored glasses about the military: your columns and your book Succeeding, a former Navy pilot-turned-history-professor who echoed your views to him, two recent Army veterans who told him that their experiences were even worse than what you guys talk about, and my own discussion about why I did not sign Air Force enlistment papers as an 18 year old.
That covers all reasons for communications between me and the Forum. It was some people criticizing me as “negative” and “a real jerk” and out-of-date and inaccurate as well as some people who defended my articles.
I know the season and year because of the three rifles and saber in the right background. Each room had three cadets and a no-longer working fireplace.
I was the C-2 company guidon bearer and a corporal then. One of the binders in the top of the rifle rack is the “Blue Book” or Cadet Regulations which I refer to later in this article. Believe it or not, one of my roommates took the picture to commemorate our room being a horrible mess that day.
He has continued his membership in Civil Air Patrol and promotes their Search and Rescue function.
He continues to lecture to cadets at various squadrons and actually uses your articles as information he includes in his talks about applying to the Air Force Academy or the other Service Academies.
Many watch a few artful war movies (the drill sergeant boot camp scenes in seem to be the most influential! Many go to air shows and watch the Blue Angels and the Thunderbirds and think military service is all showbiz and glory.