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  1. 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 School (USMAPS)  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.
  2.  Links to the National Army Security Agency Web site.
  3. The NSA's Army Security Agency memorial page. and here..

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