Every human is questioned. Questions fill our every day life. We have learned to educate ourselves, whether important or trivial through questions.
Among seniors I am asked at times do, “Do you regret dropping out of School?”
There are times I actually do regret it, especially now that I am trying to write. I am smart enough (sometimes) that I can tell a sentence doesn’t sound right, but I cannot fix it. I do know the difference in there and their.
I have had ‘schooled’ men work for me who could not write an intelligent statement in a pass-down log. So my answer is: I regret not getting a well rounded education, including a respect for the English Language.
When folks learn I have served in three branches of service I am always asked:
Which branch did you like best?
There is no simple answer, I really did like them all. The USMC gets marks for being consistent. No matter where you were they expected (demanded) discipline. Wearing that uniform you knew it had better be neat and every device to EXACT measurements.
(Very few pictures of me in the USAF Uniform)
The USAF get marks for caring for their troops and good duty, good schools. When I was issued uniforms in the AF I asked where to sew the stripes, the Airman looked at me like I was silly. “On the sleeves”. Had that been in the Corps the corporal would have said, “Centered 4 3/8 inches from the shoulder seam.” You get the idea. The USAF was terrible from the promotions standpoint. I was Airman of the Quarter, Airman of the year, great marks, no negatives and I was promoted once in over four years.
(My brothers on the left, Cousin Fred Jr. on the right our family had a deep heritage in the USN, many Uncles and cousins in the Navy in WWII and Korea.)
The USN? A mixture of the above. One ship may toe the line, another might be a McHales Navy. But the one thing you could count on, the Chief was the boss. Respected from the officers down to the Seaman apprentice. The USN was best to me in promotions. I loved the navy and the sea. I once told my skipper, let me bring my wife aboard, and I am here for life. (No can do)
(Son Jack on the left and the only pic I could locate of me in my chief’s uniform)
Would you join the military today? You bet, I love this country, we need good men and women to defend it.
Do I agree with ALL the wars? No, never have, but our Military personnel follow orders, they go where they are sent.
PS: I have a little personal problem. Yesterday the Dr. said, “Yes, that is Shingles.” ouch!
Smart men, some with no formal education, come up with designs and great ideas in automobiles, BUT it takes the Educated Engineers to take those ideas and put them together to make a working model.