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I went in one month after high school graduation ....
Posted By: Stimer In Response To: An old man looking back in time. . . (MillRatUSMC aka Ricardo)
Date: Thursday - May 9,2019 19:52
In Response To: An old man looking back in time. . . (MillRatUSMC aka Ricardo)
My grades weren't as good as yours. I was happy to get away from high school. I had been enrolled for college, but surprised and disappointed my parents when I told them I had enlisted in the USMC .... instead of going to college.
My next surprise was that after bootcamp, I was in school for the next year. 3 months of aviation prep school (ANP) at NATTC Jacksonville NAS, FL then 9 months of aviation electronics school (ATA) at NATTC Memphis NAS, TN. I had joined the Marines to get away from school .... surprise, surprise, surprise.
My parents were very pleased when they learned I had been accepted at and would attend NC State 3 months after discharge. Sadly, my dad died one month before I was discharged. He didn't get to see me go to college, but my mom was very pleased when I graduated. My grades improved. I was on the Dean's List my last two years at NCSU.
Like most of us, I was indoctrinated with the Marine Corps core values that I have sustained during my entire life. Same for my son Ted - 2nd Force Recon Co.
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