I started trying to get back in in 2001 after I got my MBA but well before 911. After 911 I ramped up my efforts to be involved even in a support position. Atlast due to my multiple injuries and physical limitations they continued to say no. I kept thinking, put me on a desk, hand me a 45 and stand a M16 in the corner and free up some one else for the field, but no go. I got out in 1985.