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A patriotic option worth considering

With the high cost of college tuition, it might be worth considering what is called “The 1917 Program.”

Basically it pays you for going to school. This is how it works. You have to enlist in the military reserve. Upon acceptance to a college or university, you immediately are put on the payroll with the rank of “officer.” The condition is that you stay in the military one year longer than the number of years it took to get your degree. My son enrolled for five years and stayed in the Navy for 21 years, retiring as a full Commander. He currently is enjoying working at a Veterans Administration clinic in addition to receiving his retirement pension.

This is a “win-win” situation that is certainly worth looking into.

Bill Kroot

Rough and Ready

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