Roughly 5% of all Boy Scouts reach the rank of Eagle Scout, meaning that only around 3% of Americans are Eagle Scouts. However, the US military has a higher concentration of Eagles than the general public. Dr. Randy Rizor experienced this first hand during his service in Iraq.
Dr. Rizor served in a military hospital. During his rounds he began asking patients and staff if they had a Scouting background. He realized that a number of Eagle Scouts passed through the hospital, and most of them were high ranking officials.
Rizor attributes the number and influence of Eagle Scouts he met in the US Army to the values of Scouting. These values, he says, make for better people and better soldiers. The positive influence of Scouting, he asserts, is felt throughout the US Armed Forces.
In response to the events of September 11, 2001, Dr. Rizor volunteered to join The US Army Reserve. He currently holds the rank of Colonel in the Medical Corps. He has served on active duty in Kosovo in 2004, and Iraq in 2007-08 and 2011.
Dr. Randy Rizor is a long-time supporter of Scouting in the Atlanta Area Council. He currently serves on the Council’s Executive Committee.