Sir, I did not join the army until 1989. I actually went to Jump master school at Camp Mackall with JFKSWCS and not at Ft. Benning. I spent 2004-2005 in Afghanistan with 3rd and 7th SFG. I can say though without any doubt, the army made me a better person. It was in no way sunshine and lollipops, and a lot of very hard times, but as I said in my post, I would not trade the life lessons for anything. I'm thankful to have done it and I still live my life and conduct myself as an NCO. Hell, I still fold my socks. My nieces and nephews think I'm crazy.