Chuck served 12 years in the Marine Corps, earning nearly all meritorious promotions and dozens of commendations. He began his career in the Marine Corps as an anti-tank assault man, shooting the Dragon missile system. He was a rifle instructor and a member of the 1st Marine Rifle Team. During this time he did two tours overseas. He then became a career recruiter, specializing in taking over failing recruiting stations and making them the most successful, earning the Navy Achievement Medal for his hard work and dedication.