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Army Captain lands job and early release

by Patrice Walsh

Rochester, N.Y. -- Captain Charles Ackley had just a few weeks left of his deployment in Afghanistan when he heard about the job opening at R.I.T.

It was for a professional recruiter and with his background as both an army recruiter and in higher education recruitment; he knew it would be a good fit.

He landed a job interview, which he did by phone, never telling the interviewer from R.I.T.s Saunders School of Business that he was in Afghanistan.

He did the interview at three in the morning, while on call with the Medevac unit. Luckily his unit did not get called out to rescue any wounded soldiers.

It wasnt until he was asked to come to campus for a second interview, that he shared his whereabouts. He then had an interview via Skype and was offered the job.

There was one catch. They needed him to start right away and he had a few more weeks to go on his deployment.

Thats when R.I.T. called his Commander and arranged for an early release. Within days, he was on his way home to his wife and two young sons. He arrived just in time to see his oldest son get on the school but for the first time to go to Kindergarten.

Ackerley and the members of his Army National Guard unit- Fox Company- will be officially welcomed home during a ceremony Saturday morning.


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