I started my Army career as an enlisted soldier and served almost 6 years in various units ending in the 82d Airborne Division and having a roaring good time jumping out of airplanes. While there I met the 2LT that would change my outlook. My 2LT was not the brightest bulb in teh package and I figured that I was at least as smart as he. So I turned down SSG, ETS'd, returned home to start college. I graduated and recieved my commission in 1981. I served as an Officer for 28 yeaars and retired as a LTC. In all I held 9 ranks Enlisted to Officer. And, I must say that I enjoyed both sides.
I couldn't imagine not being an officer. I had finished college and law school before enlisting. I also had my Coast Guard license and was pursuing a commission in the Navy. They screwed around with my application until I went to see the Army recruiter and they immediately talked about a direct commission in JAG which I didn't want so I enlisted with a commitment to Infantry OCS. How's that for a round about answer?
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