I Want To Become A Marine Corps Officer

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I firmly believe that commitment is one of the most essential qualities that a person can possess. Without a strong sense of commitment coupled with intrinsic-motivation, it would be nigh impossible to accomplish anything in life worth accomplishing. Throughout high school and college, I have always made it my priority to see that my responsibilities are completed to the best of my ability, and that the commitments I undertake are maintained until they have been fulfilled. My junior year of high school, I joined the cross country and track teams in order to get in better running shape. I immediately found myself thrust into a leadership role, having the fastest times in the mile and the 800m runs – and anchoring the 4x800m relay team. We practiced …show more content…
More specifically, I want to become a Marine-Corps Officer due to the challenge it presents, the warrior ethos of the Marine Corps community, and my aspiration to lead Marines. I always strive to challenge myself in every facet of my life, from academics to physical fitness and everything in between. It does not appeal to me to take the easy road, and the Marine Corps offers the next set of challenges I hope to overcome. I currently hold a Navy scholarship, and while this path would most certainly come with its own obstacles and trying times, I believe that undertaking OCS, TBS, and the stricter lifestyle and PT requirements of the Marine Corps will motivate me to perform at a higher level in the organization. This will better me both as an individual and as a future officer. Furthermore, the Marine Corps places a strong emphasis on the warrior mentality in its officers; something for which I have sought after in my desire to serve. I love the idea that I can be a factor in the fight, and lead from the front. I have never been one to delegate without doing work myself, and I have never found myself leading from behind or assigning others tasks that I could not perform myself. I have always enjoyed running, hiking, and other outdoor activities that are incorporated into the Marine Corps’ training. I also …show more content…
My father, Brian Carpenter, is a Navy Captain and was a P-3 NFO for most of his career. He was born in Carrol County, MD in 1968. My mother, Laura Carpenter, is now working as a long-term substitute teacher and was born in Oahu, Hawaii in 1970. I have 4 siblings; a 17 year-old brother named William, a 14 year-old sister named Jenna, a 12 year-old sister named Noelle, and an 8 year-old brother named Andrew. Two of my other siblings, Will and Jenna, were also born in Florida at NAS Jacksonville. My second sister, Noelle, was born after we moved to Quakerstown, Pennsylvania and my second brother, Andrew, was born after our subsequent move to Anacortes, Washington. After Anacortes, our family moved to Dunkirk, Maryland for a year while my father attended the War College in Washington, D.C. Shortly thereafter, we relocated to Saint Johns, Florida right outside of Jacksonville. This is where I started high school at Bartram Trail. I had been a soccer player since I was 6 years old, and so I tried out for and made the school team. I eventually rose to become the team captain. In addition to soccer, during my sophomore year I tried out for the track team. I ended up being the fastest mile runner at Bartram, and was also on the 4x800m relay team. That year, our team won the Florida 3A State Championship, and my dedication to the sport of running stuck. In the summer before junior year, my

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