| February 1968: |
Bush takes an Air
Force officers test.
Scores in 25th
percentile in the pilot
Declares that he does
not wish to serve
| May 27, 1968: |
Bush enlists in Texas Air National Guard. Aided by Texas House Speaker Ben Barnes, he jumps over waiting list. He pledges two years of active duty and four years of reserve duty.
| June 9, 1968: |
Bush's student deferment expires.
Bush on why the Air National Guard took him:
"They could sense I would be one of the great pilots of all time."
Houston Chronicle, August 1988
| September 1968: |
After basic training, Bush pulls inactive duty to act as gopher on Florida Senator Edward J. Gurney's campaign.
After Gurney wins, Bush is reactivated and transferred to Georgia.
| November 1969: |
Bush is flown to the White House by President Nixon for a date with daughter Tricia.
Bush transfers to Houston and moves into Chateaux Dijon complex. Laura lives there too, but they don't meet till later.
| March 1970: |
Bush gets his wings.
Joins the Guard's
"Champagne Unit," where
he flies with sons of Texas' elite.
| November 3, 1970: |
George Bush Sr. loses Senate election to Lloyd Bentsen, whose son is also in the "Champagne Unit."
November 7, 1970:
Promoted to first lieutenant. Rejected by University of Texas School of Law.
| January 1971: |
The Guard begins testing for drugs during physicals.
Hired by Texas agricultural importer, Bush uses F-102 to shuttle tropical plants from Florida.
| May 26, 1972: |
Transfers to Alabama Guard unit so he can work on Senator William Blount's reelection campaign. According to his commanding officer, Bush never shows up for duty while in Alabama, nor can anyone confirm he ever serves in the Guard again.
| August 1972: |
Bush is grounded for missing a mandatory physical.
Bush returns to Houston, but never reports for Guard duty.
| December 1972: |
In D.C. for the holidays, Bush takes 16-year-old brother Marvin drinking and driving. Confronted by father, Bush suggests they settle it "mano a mano."
October 1, 1973:
The Air National Guard relieves Bush from commitment eight months early, allowing him to attend Harvard Business School.