My dad chose the wrong time to flunk out of college.
Just as the Vietnam War draft was beginning in 1969, my dad flunked out of the University of Georgia. He received his draft notice in the mail shortly after because he was no longer protected from service. Panicked, my father struck a deal with a local recruiter, in which he agreed to join the Army Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC) while finishing the last few semesters he had left at the University of Georgia. After he graduated, he would enlist as a lieutenant.
Now, my father wasn't unfamiliar with military service ... CONTINUE READING