I enlisted in the Florida National Guard in July of 1968. When the first lottery came around I was an officer candidate in the OCS academy at Camp Blanding, Florida. I went with a number of fraternity brothers (Phi Delts) from the university to watch the lottery on TV at The Roaring 90s bar. There was a lot of anxiety that night. I still had 4 1/2 years of my enlistment so I my level of anxiety was low.

The numbers kept on coming. Finally my birthdate was picked #359. I spent 21 years in the Guard and started drawing retirement last fall. Go Gators!