From the time I was a little girl, I can remember flying American flags in front of the house, reciting the pledge of allegiance every morning at school, and signing the national anthem at any sporting event (even backyard pickup games). The pride of being an American citizen was engrained in me from my childhood, and it has only grown, especially after my first year of Army ROTC. From learning about our impressive history of exploration and innovation in high school classrooms, to watching every person rally together on 9/11 anniversaries, I know there is no better place to live. As an Army Officer, I would radiate this American tradition and lead others towards the best possible outcome for the United States civilians and military. A pride in your work and service is one of the best qualities in any worker, leader, or upstanding citizen.
Leadership is something of utmost value. At Penn State, I have involved myself in leadership positions, obviously including the PLA, which have only further prepared me for leadership within the army. This semester I have also taken on an internship and am excited for opportunities within ROTC to lead my platoon in PT. I already gained some Army Leadership experience over the summer as a Camp Cadet Counselor, and I can’t wait to build upon that. These experiences have shaped me into the person I am today, and I am certain they will be useful as an Army Officer. Leadership is about balancing authority and control with effective personal skills and a humble attitude, and I believe that I would be very successful in such a role, because of my previous involvement.
Through my current involvement in Army ROTC, I have seen first hand how the military values of integrity, honor, respect, and so forth align flawlessly with my own beliefs. Even in the one year that I have been a part of the program, there is no doubt in my mind that the Army is where I belong. It is shaping me into a better person, and I know that with my firm bases in leadership and love for my country, I would make a successful officer. There are a long line of admirable heroes that have been Officers and I would be honored to continue this tradition.
That being said, I would also continue to strive for more than success—I would strive for excellence. Through my work with ROTC and as a Penn State Student, I hope to achieve excellence so one day I can serve as a valuable Army leader.
I am in the process of applying for the Army ROTC and I just want to know some questions that I may get asked during the interview and for someone to go over my essay. I want constructive criticism on what I need to add, to take out and just a over all inspection on it. I am not a big fan of the last section so any pointers on that will be much appreciated. Thank you for all your help!
Q- Consider carefully, and then state below in the space provided why you wish to enroll in the Army ROTC Program. Indicate in your statement how you believe your own objectives in life are related to the education and training offered by Army ROTC and what a career obligation means to you.
The Military has always been a dream of mine that I have been longing to fulfill ever since my oldest brother Joseph Joined the Marine Corps when I was five years old. There are numerous reasons on why I want to be part of the brotherhood of the most dominant force the world has ever seen, the United States armed forces with a special emphasis on the Army itself. Being in the military is not just a little boy fantasy of mine and most definitely without a doubt not something I am going to do for the money nor for the lack of nothing else to do. I want to join the Army ROTC program because I know for an absolute fact that the program can enhance me as a person and that I can immensely benefit the Army and our country by being an officer that young men and women need during both difficult and dangerous situations.
By being the youngest of nine kids, growing up with the Catholic values, working four different jobs, volunteering for various organizations, playing several different sports, and going to a prestigious Catholic high school has prepared me immensely to succeed in every way to take on the challenge of being an officer for the United States Army. These very diverse and rare experiences throughout my life have molded me into the perfect candidate for the ROTC program because they taught me to be respectful to everyone, have integrity with all situations, fulfill all my duties to the best, be selfless in every manner, have loyalty, be confident and courageous during all times and to have honor in all of my actions.
When one chooses a career, like the Army, should love or at least desire to love their career choice before even considering the idea of fully obligating themselves to their job. To fully obligate oneself to a career it needs to be their passion, something they live for. Therefore a career is not just someone's job but their life or true passion, and that is what it means to be obligated to a career.
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