My older brother, who was in ROTC, told me about ROTC scholarships when I began my senior year in high school; therefore, I applied since I was a good student and had already planned to take ROTC. I was fortunate enough to receive one of 450 nationwide 4 year deals, and I gladly accepted. I signed my contract as a 17 year old, and I had to graduate in 4 years, and earn a commission, or become an enlisted man for 6 byears. It helped to keep me focused.
I vividly recall sitting at the Kappa Sigma house in December 1969, drinking with my frathernity brothers as we listened (watched?) the draft lottery that night. My birthday, December 16th, was drawn with number 96 and it reiterated the fact that I controlled my own destiny. My brother went to law school and finished in 1970 when he also entered active duty. I graduated in 1970, went on active duty in August 1970, served 20.5 years during which I was sent to Syracuse University for an MBA, and I retired as a LTC in late 1990 just before my 42nd birthday. I have continued to work and still do today. I have had a wonderful life which was enriched by my military service. I am a proud Kentuckian who has not lived there since I went on acitve duty in August of 1970. I visit often and love the Wildcats football and basketball.