I hope by "connections" you don't mean that Army rules were ignored because his father was an ex officer.Here I'm reminded of the son of a ret'd Lt Col (RE) with whom I worked (20+ years ago)
The youth was adjudged to have a BMI that ruled him out for military service
He was a University rowing blue at the time. Early twenties, muscles in his spit, not a gram of spare flesh on him, resting heart rate somewhere a long way south of 50BPM
. . . . and the rules said he wasn't acceptably healthy
Fortunately his dad still had connections.
Because that would be a piss poor example of values and standards.