Fort Gordon, in Augusta, Georgia. I’m down here for my son’s graduation ceremony: he and a small cohort of other highly trained individuals are now Signal Corps Captains, so we were down here to give him a thumbs-up before he ships off to Korea.
He’s the tall one on the far left, Captain Connlann Myers.
I couldn’t help but compare it to academic graduations. One huge difference: the army really emphasizes family life. It is simply taken for granted that the men and women in military careers will get married and will have children, and that the military has to accommodate that fact. It was radically different from the attitude for advanced students in the sciences: you will do science all the time, and while some of you might have families someday, don’t expect scientific institutions to support you in any way in that waste of your time.
We might be wise to learn this one thing from the army. While these men and women are going off to potentially dangerous situations, it’s understood that families are part of what people do; in the sciences, we seem to think that even our calm, mostly safe, very secure positions, we must not risk our careers by living like ordinary people.