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In High School, the Navy came on campus to give a test to 17-year-olds and above for the V-5 program. The Navy was looking for exceptional young people to enlist for 4 years and train to become a navy pilot with full college support afterward to become a professional of one’s choosing. Only two of us passed the test to enter this elite program. The test was followed by a physical exam. I was confident I was going to make the program.

The physical went well until I came to a table with cards full of colored dots. I was told to say the numbers I saw on the cards. What numbers? I saw none on any card. At that moment, I discovered I was severely red-green colorblind. NO NAVY FOR ME! It was like they told me I had cancer.
I quit school in my senior year and joined the Army. With 3 brothers serving, I had to join.

After the horrendous typhoon in the middle of the Pacific, I landed on Okinawa. The story of the 3 Japanese, their surrender, and our year-long relationship has been told. THEY CHANGED MY LIFE. They showed me: Commitment, integrity, courage, and honesty.

Music caused me to meet our company’s captain. He discovered that I quit school to enlist, which led to his insisting I take the High School Certificate Exam. He arranged and administered it. I tested at the 96th percentile (about as high as one could go), and he (a Ph.D. professor of Agriculture) offered me a four-year radar training program in the Philippines with an officer’s rating. Instead, I decided to go home to attend college.

Author: Sy Ogulnick

Sy Ogulnick received a BA from UCLA, Teacher’s Credential from Los Angeles Board of Education and completed phase I (Master’s portion) in a Doctor of Behavioral Science program at California Coast University. Sy leased and operated a summer day camp in LA. He and his wife then purchased virgin wilderness land in Northern CA, where they built and operated a coed summer camp. They moved to Las Vegas, NV, and purchased, built and operated a community children’s program for families staying in a major resort casino in Las Vegas. They have created programs for children nationwide that employed many people and in the process developed successful training programs for personnel. This led Sy to lecture on how to train staff and the creating of community within the workplace. Sy was then invited to speak at professional conferences on how best to hire and train employees, which led to his becoming a consultant in the art of improving relationships in a work environment and eventually to his epiphany that “Leaders are the primary problem and the answer to the personnel issues that arise in the workplace.” Sy has written numerous papers on the subject of interpersonal relationships, leadership and power. He has lectured throughout the United States, has been interviewed by the media and has appeared on many radio and TV talk shows

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