Glenn - I will keep your son’s well-being in my thoughts. Just to keep the record straight, I am not retired from the U.S. Army. I served a total of 9 years and have two Honorable Discharges. The majority of that was in the Active Reserve. My major tour in the regular Army was at Ladd AFB, Alaska, where I was a Personnel Specialist in the Command Hq. Not quite so exciting as the Army Rangers. I left the Active Reserve as a Staff Sergeant, Light Weapons Infantryman Instructore. When I first joined the military, it was the Army Reserve also, and I actually jointed into, and 9 years later left from, the same Division, although when I jointed in was a regular Infantry Division and when I left it was a Training division. We actually gave two weeks of Basic Training to regular Army recruits, and it was not repeated. It was two of their eight weeks training. I had two or so years concurrent service as a Dept. of Army Civilian working for the Army Reserve full time. I was fortunate through my age and when I jointed the Army (1956) that I never heard a shot fired in anger. I was purely a Colt War Soldier.
I actually retired from 36 years working for, most of which as Manager, of a large Gun Shop in San Francisco. I went there when I quit my Army Civilian job in disgust of the “sit around and do nothing” attitude of my fellow Civil Service Workers. I was fortunate to be able to work most of my adult life in my hobby. Not much money, but a lot of job satisfaction. :-)
Just wanted to set the record straight. I am proud of my military service, but I don’t pretend to be something I am not.
I hope we will hear from you agaon on our Forum. Your first question was, as already noted, a first rate job of give us the information we needed to help you. That is not always the case.