Archive: Why the Military?

Taking the Oath

SFC Tomon, the VAARNG recruiter, visited one last time to take me to the MEPS (Military Entrance Processing Station). We went to the Richmond, Va. MEPS, where I had to go through several stations of medical and clerical tasks. I had never seen so many paper forms to fill out. By the end of processing, seven hours had passed and I was just about to sign the paperwork....

By Bert Stover | September 15, 2005; 05:22 AM ET | Comments (3)

A Recruiter Who Makes Sense

Weeks passed after I decided the Navy wasn't for me and I continued to try to figure out college financing. I kept looking at scholarships, but none worked out. Then, one day while in the library mooching college internet services, I saw a flier on a bulletin board. It said something like "Money for College - Part Time Job - Call SFC Edward Tomon" I took the flier and set up an appointment to meet with the recruiter for the Virginia Army National Guard (VAARNG)....

By Bert Stover | September 14, 2005; 12:10 AM ET | Comments (7)

College Money and the Military

"Why the military?" This question is always asked of me, so I figure you should know the answer. Back in 1996, I was a sophomore at the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia when one day at the end of class the professor asked me to stay after and see him. I walked down to the front of the lecture hall and he asked me if there was something wrong. Of course I did not have any clue what he was talking about so I told him "No, Sir". He proceeded with "The college has informed me your tuition bill is outstanding. I am supposed to ask you to leave my class." I decided to take the semester off to figure out my financial situation....

By Bert Stover | September 13, 2005; 12:01 AM ET | Comments (44)


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