He is best known as former chairman and chief executive officer of the Bank of America, but Dick Rosenberg credits his five years as a young naval officer for instilling him with the self-confidence he needed later to climb the corporate ladder. “I never again had as much responsibility as I did as officer of the deck (OOD) of the USS Mountrail (APA-213), steaming in darkened-ship conditions 1,000 yards from the flagship,” he recalls. And he’s used other lessons from his Navy days throughout his career.
Listen to men and women who have spent even a few years in uniform, and it’s not unusual to hear them say it changed their lives. That certainly was true in my case. I essentially “found myself” during the years I spent on active duty. And indirectly I found what was to become my civilian career.
Not a bad outcome for a five-year hitch on active duty.