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Old 06-10-2007, 04:32 PM   #21
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clifp - There is a lot that goes into supporting the combat folks and we need people to stay in the military that are good at doing those non-combat jobs that keep the combat folks at the top of their game. If folks see there is no future (i.e. promotions) if they are in non-combat career fields, they will be leaving just when they are becoming experienced and well-trained.

I was never in combat but my job as an engineer in the USAF was to ensure the F-117 Stealth Fighters remained "invisible" to the enemy. It takes the whole team working together to win.

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Could be that the smarter kids are the ones that collect as many hats as possible. My son, and a lot of his hat-tossing mates at USNA for '07, place a $5 bill in their midshipmen covers.
Man, I don't remember that practice in 1982, that would've led to kids being trampled in the rush. We used to put names & mailing addresses in them to see if we'd get a letter with a story about finding the cover.

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Also, I thought the silver dollar went to the first uniformed serviceman who salutes the newly-commissioned officer.
Yep, that's the rule, but those kids must've figured it was worth a shot.

Late August of my 1978 plebe summer I was out in the Yard for some highly unusual reason when I espied an honest-to-gosh no-foolin' real-live ensign. Terrified, I froze in my tracks and saluted, hoping not to get hurt. He stopped, returned the salute, glared at me, reached in his pocket, handed me a silver dollar, and asked "You know what this is for?" I stuttered "Yes, sir." He said "Thanks, good luck, and don't ask any %$#@ing stupid questions." "No, sir."

He must've been a member of '78 who'd been a credit or a demerit short of graduation and had just been commissioned that afternoon. Of course I immedately spent the money on a soda run, because back then Bancroft Hall lacked air conditioning.

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But then again, as you probably know, they probably do things a little backwards at USMA.
I have enough material for a whole article in both alumni magazines! I hesitate to submit it though, because we might have to use all those tricks for the USNA Class of '14 graduation...


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