Continuing with the topic of education, I finished high school with less than stellar grades, which made entry into college difficult, but God remedied that situation by building my reputation, leading me into the Army for a three-year enlistment.  Moreover, to complicate matters further, I had dropped out of high school a couple of semesters early, although I immediately took and passed the GED.  Regardless, after I had successfully and honorably served in the military, various doors of opportunity opened up for me.  I found that colleges, as well as prospective employers, looked at my record much more favorably with a solid performance in the military to my name.  Still, I did not yet possess full confidence in my abilities, so God would lead me in small steps to college.  I knew that I could learn any course in technical knowledge because I had done so many times in the Army.  So, after the end of my enlistment service, I went back to work at United Parcel Service (UPS), a fairly prestigious job and company, which I had worked at for a few months after high school, immediately prior to my military stint.  But I started looking into various school programs for learning a technical skill.  While I certainly did not mind any manual labor, I knew I did not want to be loading trucks the rest of my life, and I was not real enthused about the various professional tracks I could pursue at UPS  -- nothing wrong with that industry or profession, but I knew it wasn’t for me

Just as I did not desire to work in the package processing industry, I also did not desire to make a career of the military.  It was ironic that this is precisely the path God would lay out for me over the course of a few years, contrary to my expectations and desires at the time; at the time, I had no intention of ever returning to the military after my three years and would emphatically tell this to anyone who asked.  I was glad that I had served our country for a tour, had seen more of the world than my hometown, had met many wonderful friends from all over our great country, and had successfully negotiated one of the hardest jobs in the adult world: a military occupation. But I thought that the military was definitely not in my future after my three-year tour.  There was much that I enjoyed about the military, and it had certainly given me many tools for success such as bulldog determination, iron self-discipline, and an unshakeable confidence in my ability to do almost anything. However, I did not like the constraint on my freedom which I had newly acquired in the process of growing up. 

Moreover, the military of the late 70’s and early 80’s was an environment fraught with many social problems, partly as a result of unintended consequences from short-sighted, doctrinaire politicians (and their enablers who allowed it to happen) using the military as a political cash cow to fuel their various progressive, utopian dreams (some of which were good and some bad), the so-called “peace dividend.”  But, in a twist of irony, these same politicians would probably make the application of the new all-volunteer force (which they had pursued so zealously) more difficult to implement by constricting funds to the military, which would have a ripple effect that is common to large organizations when undergoing financial restriction, causing repercussions to other parts of the organization that had not been foreseen or intended.

More on this tomorrow.

I pray this blessing for all of you on this day that He has created: "The Lord bless you and keep you; The Lord make His face shine upon you, and be gracious to you; The Lord lift up His countenance upon you, and give you peace" Numbers 6:24-26 (NKJV).
 


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02/05/2017 8:21am

This is a hard pass but walking will master the road!So you'd better prepare yourself for the long years of studying.

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02/14/2017 10:11am

Your high school experience was great and i am willing to share it with my fellow classmates at Rickford University.

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    I'm a retired soldier, having spent 23 years of my life serving our country, actually 30 years when you count the reserve and National Guard time as well.  I believe in servant leaders, following the example of our Lord, and I believe in giving back to the troops once one has attained a certain status or level of success in life.  But I also believe in fighting back against corruption and incompetence wherever you find it if it hurts people.  Our national values were worth dying for.  They are also worth living for.  A man or woman can actually live a life by these principles of humility, service, love, duty, and honor, and have a significant impact on the world around them...if you have the dedication to see it through. 

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