Somewhere during all this I was promoted to 1LT. Talk about quick promotions. The quartermaster finish hadn't even worn off my 2LT rank. There was no ceremony because I wasn't assigned to a regular unit. I just pinned it on and started drawing a few dollars more a month. To be truthful, the speed of my promotion was more a function of the upsizing of the army and the casualties of the Viet Nam war than a commentary on the quality of my performance. We used to jokingly say that the promotions were issued with the rations. Unknown to me, my exalted rank would have a major impact on my immediate future.
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