Why I Want to Be an Army Afficer

Having a father who served in the Armed Forces for over 22 years, I have been surrounded by the military community my entire life. I have always had a desire and passion to serve and work for a purpose greater than myself and continue my family’s tradition of service. For this reason, I have chosen to pursue the path of becoming an Army Officer. I want to be challenged, to lead and be an exemplary role model to soldiers. The Army core values relating to respect, honor, integrity and selfless service, are all ones I try to live up to each and every day. I believe no other branch will challenge me as physically, mentally, and emotionally as the Army will. I am ready to take on real responsibility and push myself to be the best leader possible. I want to better those around me and help the Army achieve its mission and goals.

From a young age, I have always enjoyed the challenge of leadership. I know in this type of role respect will be earned, not given. Earning respect from my fellow soldiers will require me to lead by example in everything I do, from physical fitness to maintaining professionalism at all times. I am ready to rise up to the challenge of leading soldiers and eventually serve as a mentor that they can rely on and look up to. I understand that as an Army Officer, it will never be about me. It will be about putting others before myself. I want to become an Officer because I want to push soldiers and help them reach their full potential. In my current role at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, I have the privilege of doing just that every day. As an Academic Advisor, I help soldiers reach and realize their full potential by encouraging them to pursue their civilian education. Working with soldiers has also taught me how to successfully interact and communicate with people from all different backgrounds which is a crucial skill needed in this type of position. On a greater note, an Army Officer embodies the concept of selfless service, going above and beyond to ensure their soldiers are taken care of. I am ready to take on the responsibility of looking out for my soldier’s training, morale, and ultimately their career.

I am confident that my professional capabilities, developed through my work experience, along with my determined and motivated nature, will make me an exemplary leader and has prepared me to take on real responsibility. With my drive and work ethic, I will ensure tasks are accomplished to the highest standard and that soldiers are taken care of and supported in every capacity. I value high-quality leadership and know how important it will be to accomplishing missions and motivating soldiers. Ultimately, I will only be as successful as the soldiers I lead, so it will be my personal goal to make sure that they have the resources and support they need to succeed. I am excited about the opportunity to serve my country, to learn, to grow and push myself outside of my comfort zone. Becoming an Army Officer would be a privilege and my greatest achievement in life. Thank you in advance for your consideration.