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Subject: After the Military.... Date: 6/13/2000 8:10 PM
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Billy is the son of a minimum wage family. His mother only knows the identity of his real father. The man he considers his father is only his stepfather by marriage. Neither one of his parents had attended college. His mother did not even finish high school; She received her GED when she was twenty-four years old and works two jobs: hotel maid by day and waitress at the local diner on the corner by night. His stepfather works as a garbage man four days a week and is a bouncer at a local bar on Friday and Saturday nights. The mother and three sisters raised Billy for 16 years, after she was divorced. Billy does not have the same father as his three sisters. He is considered by society to be a bastard.

When Billy graduated high school, he did not have the money to attend college. His options were to get a full-time, minimum wage job at the local factory or to join the military. In to the Navy he went.

Frank was born to a well-off family. His father was a corporate lawyer at IBM and his mother was a gynecologist. He was raised most of his life by house nurses, maids and butlers.

When Frank graduated high school, he was accepted into Penn State. His parents paid for his college.

Billy's four-year contract with the Navy ended last year. He separated and was eventually hired by a company in the downtown business district of his hometown. He was hired due to his military background, primarily due to the values that the Navy instills in its recruits. Billy works on the second floor. He spend most of his time doing lackey work and dealing with people anywhere between the mailroom on the 1st floor and his boss's office on the 5th floor.
Frank graduated from Penn State with a Bachelor's of Business. He returned to his hometown and was immediately hired to a management position by a company in the downtown business district of his hometown. Frank is Billy's boss.

Billy is full of honor, courage, and commitment. He has learned the importance of teamwork, the importance of respect and the importance of never giving up until you find a solution.

Frank has learned many, many things about business while he attended college. But, he was not taught the essentials that everyone takes for granted, such as customer service, how to deal with your co-workers and subordinates, time management and to never give up until you find a solution to the problems in front of you.

Billy can use what he learned in the military all day, everyday, weather at work or at home. What he learned gave him a better understanding of what it takes in life to succeed. It can and will make the rest of his life much easier.

Billy gave four years of his precious time to serve and protect his nation. Now, he is in a different world and classified as someone who is a low-level worker because he does not have a college degree. He is still very close to the same level that he was at when he first joined the U.S. Navy four years ago.
Any American citizen who serves at least four years in the military and decides to return to the civilian sector, after their contract is up, should have a full scholarship for four years to any college they are accepted in. They should have the option to obtain the required class books, stay in the college dormitory and to eat in the cafeteria at no cost. Of course, there should be rules, such, as they must keep their grade point average above a B minus, or better.
Any person who accepts this offer from the United States government and fails out of the college due to their GPA, without a valid and approved explanation, will have to pay back cost of the failed class to the government and will have their contract cancelled.
American citizens in the Military that wish to re-enlist should have the option to attend the respective force's military academy. While attending the academy, if the person's GPA drop below the required level, they will be released from the academy and returned to their command.

Right now, a person released from the military goes back in time to the day right before they first joined. Only four years of military service to list on their resume, no college credits, no significant job references and no highly valued job experiences. Our country should be obliged to support these people that have wasted important years of their lives protecting our country's freedom instead of struggling through college, scrambling their way through the ocean of jobs and combating up the corporate ladder.

Committees should be formed, regulations should be prepared, and laws should be passed allowing any person who served their time honorably in the military to go to college.

S. A. Roehrig QM2
COMNAVREG HI - N01K4
USN - Pearl Harbor, HI
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