I started college at Grove City which had mandatory two years of Air Force ROTC. At the end of the second year we had the "opportunity" to take the AFOQT (Air Force Officer Qualification Test). If you were willing to spend an extra 2 hours, you could also take the portions of the test that qualified for Pilot and/or Navigator. I stayed and passed the pilot and navigator portions of the test.
I transferred to Penn State for my junior year and was VERY happy not to have to dress up and march around for ROTC. However, when I graduated, there were only deferments for graduate school or marriage and I wasn't ready for either. So I decided to volunteer.
I went to the Air Force recruiting station in State College, PA and told the recruiter that if he could locate my AFOQT exam scores and get me into the pilot training program, I would enlist. He did and I did. This was September 1967.
It took the Air Force until December to complete the paperwork and invite me to Lackland AFB,TX for traininig. In the meantime, in early November, I received my draft notice from the Army. It took a phone call and a letter to our congressman to get them to hold off until the Air Force acceptance arrived. Officer Candidate School began in San Antonio, TX in February 1968.
I completed 53 weeks of pilot training at Webb AFB in beautiful Big Spring, TX in June,1969, C-130 Hercules training Nashville, TN in October, Survival School in Spokane, WA in early November and was flying in Vietnam by the end of November, 1969.
I flew all kinds of missions in Vietnam, saw every landing strip that had at least 2,500 feet of dirt and was eventually awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for missions into Khe Sanh in 1971.