In 1961, at the age of 18, Ross joined the Air Force and was assigned to work as a medical records technician. It was a career he would stick with for 20 years.
Much of Ross’ time in the Air Force was spent at the Air Force clinic at Eielson Air Force Base near Fairbanks, Alaska. He moved up in rank, but with more responsibility Ross found some issues.
“[I had to be] the guy who makes you scrub the latrine, the guy who makes you make your bed, the guy who screams at you for being late to work.”
Feeling that his job ran against his natural temperament, He decided when he would leave the military he’d never shout again.