Being raised in a family whose members were born either in England, America or Australia has left me with grammar and spelling habits that can most charitably be described as "non-standard"…I was born in Ridgewood, New Jersey and promptly began moving about every 2 to 4 years, mostly in NJ but once in New York as well. This set a pattern for my life that didn't improve when I joined the Army after graduating from High School: one of the crowning achievements of my life will be when I manage to stay in one city for 5 or more years, just to be able to say I did it; it hasn't happened yet…
Although I retired from the Army several years ago, I'm still very much an NCO in my thoughts and attitudes about life, and the way I tend to approach things. It's not hard to understand: half my life has been spent living as well as working in uniform, and I'm convinced it colours your thinking for life, in very positive ways. While the Signal Corps trained me in communications operations, repair and maintenance (radios, telephones, switchboards, Communications Security material, etc.) I trained myself in computer operations and repair very early in my career. I've since made that my career field on retirement from the service.