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I can think of several reasons:
1 - "baby boomers" (my age group) were subject to the draft, and therefore a
high percentage of the males were in the military at one time.
2 - Marine Corps training is very rigorous, and conditions RIM folks for our
usual crawls through old buildings, basements, attics, deserted structures,
etc. to inventory records.
3 - RIM is procedure-oriented, and ex-military are well trained in
developing (or at least memorizing and following) explicit procedures.
4 - the military "builds men" (their slogan, not mine) and enables
ex-military types to lift full records boxes. 8-)

Ginny Jones
(Virginia A. Jones, CRM)
Records Manager
Information Technology Division
Newport News Dept. of Public Utilities
Newport News, VA
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