A high draft number kept Scott Hess out of the Vietnam-era Army as a young man and putting on a military uniform was the farthest thing from his mind as he trained to become a respiratory therapist and later, high school science teacher in Utah.
So it was a shock during a three-day session here with Army officials and recruiters when he realized he might have gotten his science-based education by becoming a soldier.
"It really hit me. I realized I could have done a lot of what I did through the military," said Hess, 58, now chief of the U.S. Department of Education's College and Career Transitions Branch Division in Washington.
"I'd never considered joining up," said Hess, who at the time lived outside Salt Lake City. "A lot of us thought then that if you went to Vietnam, you'd get killed. We didn't connect the military then with any kind of career opportunities."
Making that connection is exactly what the Army wants educators and high school career counselors to do.