” They won’t understand why we do it. They won’t understand that it’s about the men next to you, and that’s it. That’s all it is. ”


The end of the semester is closing it up for me.  My actions the next 2 weeks will determine a lot. So, to say I am feeling the pressure is an understatement.  In addition to a “Black and Gold Dinner” Wednesday, my Representative Nomination Interviews Friday, I have my finals coming up next week. The outcome of these events will determine whether I spend next year at the United States Military Academy or elsewhere trying again.

In spite of this, I am confident. This year more than anything has allowed me to see myself in a whole new light. Stephen Covey would call it a paradigm shift. I realize that when I am honest with myself, there is so much that needs to be done in my personal maturity on the path to Officership. As the reality of attending West Point draws near, I realize the necessity of aligning my actions to my principles. There is, simply, no avoiding it. It means growing up quick, there are no shortcuts, you either put your nose to the grindstone or you fail.

I need the strength to see this through. I need the strength to make the changes in my life that will prepare me to lead soldiers.

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