Letters to the Editor

Marine Corps helps with higher education

The recent article in your paper, "Soldiers go from combat to class," prompts me to relate how the military's educational opportunities provided me with a successful career over the 34 years I served as a Marine.

I enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1948. At the time, it had a total strength of just under 75,000 Marines post-World War II. When the Korean War broke out in 1950, I was sent to Parris Island to be a drill instructor and train Marines for combat duty in Korea. After a period on the drill field I was appointed as a second lieutenant under a Marine Corps temporary officer program. I arrived in Korea as the war ended, and then served as part of the occupation forces in both Korea and Japan for the next 16 months.

During this time, I started taking college correspondence courses. Upon my return to the U.S., I continued pursuit of a college degree through the military off-duty education program. This program helped me to ultimately obtain a permanent commission, and was a motivating force that led to both undergraduate and graduate degrees.

I was most grateful for the encouragement of my military leaders to use the off-duty education program that led to a successful military career.

Al Doublet