PROUD VETERAN OF THE U.S. ARMY
MY SERVICE UNITS
Army Security Agency.
- Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, Basic Training.
- Ft. Devens, MA, Advanced Individual Training.
- Torii Station, Okinawa (ASA)
- Ramasan Station, 7th RRFS, Thailand, (ASA)
- Officially RRFS = "Radio Research Field Station", AKA =
"Rock and Roll Freak Show".
- B Troop, 2/10th Air Cavalry (Buffalo
Soldiers!!), 7th Infantry Division.
- Illinois, 5035th USAR School, Active Reserves.
- Highest rank attained: Staff Sergeant
- ASA on Wikipedia here.
Take this presentation of information with a grain of salt,
especially the 1945-1965 part. I joined the ASA well after
1965 at the age of 17 with an IQ of 143 and no college.
Scoring in the top 10% on the military aptitude tests was
still a requirement for membership in the ASA in 1972, which
is how I was recruited. The Army also tried to recruit
me for the United States Military Academy Preparatory
for West Point, while I was in basic training at Fort Leonard
Wood, but I wanted to see the elephant not spend more time at
school.. I knew a lot of incredibly talented, highly
intelligent folks who served in the ASA during the period from
1965 to 1977. It was also the period when the ASA became
diverse, no longer exclusively for white males. I, and
everyone that I served with in the ASA, had at minimum a Top
Secret Crypto security clearance. It is true, however, that a
great many of these soldiers were inspired to enlist by the
draft. The ASA was still directly subordinate to the NSA
during this period. In addition, the ASA of my time was
treated exceptionally well, compared to the average trooper.
The Wikipedia narrative is a good example of "you get what you
pay for" with a site like Wikipedia. Portions of the article
are biased and based on elitist ignorance, and a good dose of
sour grapes. The NSA site, below, more accurately relates the
facts about the history of the ASA.
- Links to the
National Army Security Agency Web site.
- The NSA's Army Security
Agency memorial page.
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