There was no place for us at Fort Ord, California, so they loaded us on busses and sent us across the country to a place called Fort Polk, Louisiana.
It was there that they would try to turn us civilians into soldiers for the world’s most powerful military.
Needless to say, the Army had quite a job in front of them.
I thought I had a good idea of what my first day in the Army would be like.
After all, I’d seen a lot of movies and read a lot of books.
I was prepared.
Some decisions are life changing and require a lot of thought.
At least they should require a lot of thought.
There was this war going on and the country realized they needed soldiers … lots and lots of soldiers.
The politicians looked around and there we were — the Baby Boomers.
Lessons from my days in olive drab.