My Service to Our Country
I was teaching high school math when the U.S. military draft held its lottery of birthdates to see the order in which a registered male over 18 could be drafted into military service during the Viet Nam war. My birthdate lotto number was 39, which meant that I would be one of the early draftees, and depending upon the birth dates of the local draft board, I could almost immediately be drafted to serve. Sure enough, I was drafted in November 1970. Since there was a shortage of math teachers, they gave me a deferment until the end of that school year. In July 1971, I learned what it was like to go to North Fort Polk in Louisiana to begin my training as a soldier in the U.S. Army.
After my active duty time, I went back to my old job of teaching high school math. I finished my six-year military obligation by joining the Texas Army National Guard as a Staff Sergeant in the capacity as the Battalion Legal Clerk at Headquarters Headquarter Company 2/142 49th Armored Division. It was an experience I shall never forget. My father served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II. Like father like son, we both were proud to serve our country.
I saw several leadership styles, some good, some not good. This is where I began my adult journey of serving, leading, and understanding the difference in organizational structure, leadership styles, and how people behaved in organizations. I am still on that journey, and as a natural-born teacher, I love teaching others how to become their best version of themselves on their mission.
Your mission – should you choose to accept it – is to develop the thinking skills to raise your performance and professional standing to levels beyond what you currently imagine.