Examination and Assignment to ASTP
After completing Basic Training I was asked to take the Army's OCT-X3 Examination (for OCS or ASTP). Afterwards, I was told that I had scored very high and would have a choice of either Infantry (only!) OCS or ASTP. As the average life expectancy of an Infantry 2nd Lieutenant replacement in Europe at that time was about 6 to 9 days (or was it 6 to 9 hours?) after taking command of his platoon, I felt that I wasn't all that brave! Besides, being faced with this new chance of completing my college studies in electrical engineering and then serving afterwards as an engineering officer in the Corps of Engineers, or in the Signal Corps, appealed to me as I'd had a fleeting thought that I might like to remain in the Army as a career officer after the war? This idea diverted me from my original enlistment goal of fighting against the Germans "en face"! I therefore chose ASTP and was sent to Camp Maxey, Paris, Texas, which was an ASTP STAR Unit. While awaiting a university assignment I was asked to teach 1st semester College Physics, to other GI's waiting like myself, having already completed 1½ years of study, with a 3.85/4.00 GPA, towards a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering before my enlistment. This experience made me realize that it was much more difficult to teach physics than to learn it! After about 3 weeks I was assigned, at first, to Indiana University in Bloomington, but then was shipped onward with some other GI's to the University of Cincinnati (Ohio) being told there were greater facilities there for advanced students.