Former White House Chief of Staff, Treasury Secretary, and Secretary of State
Onetime Marine Corps First Lieutenant James A. Baker III insists that his two years on active duty were routine—he spent a year as a naval gunfire spotter on the USS Monrovia (APA-31) and a year at Camp LeJeune before returning to civilian life—but it shaped the rest of his career, and that was no small accomplishment. He served as White House Chief of Staff to Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H. W. Bush, Secretary of the Treasury under Reagan, and Secretary of State under Bush. Here's his take on the impact his military service has had on him.
General Al Gray, the Commandant of the Marine Corps, was right.
Being an officer in the Corps was a pivotal moment of my life, an experience that greatly shaped the man I later became.
That's not exactly how the general phrased it. But looking back at the first time the two of us met, I think that was what he meant.