If someone could review my NROTC essay ("Discuss your reasons for becoming an Naval Officer" prompt), that would be great: “Ask not what your country can do for you — ask what you can do for your country,” is a quote that I hope to fully realize as an officer in the United States Navy. Current and prospective Naval Officers understand that earning a commission is not about power, glory, or income; rather, it is an honor bestowed upon those who wish to serve, lead, and bring out the best in themselves and their subordinates. Like them, I desire to wear the uniform of a Naval Officer to serve my country and honor those who have sacrificed in it before me. I am grateful to the stars and stripes under which I have lived for the past 17 years, and I wish to give back by protecting the freedom of my fellow citizens while serving as a Naval Officer. Using President Kennedy’s famous line as a guide, I want to repay the United States and those who protected its values in prior years by participating in the active defense of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. The U.S. Navy offers me both the opportunity to serve and a unique, challenging environment in which to do so while leading and enhancing the skills and talents of myself and those around me. The opportunity to lead in the challenging, yet rewarding environment that is the Navy is also a large reason for my application to the NROTC program. Being a Naval Officer means perfecting the art and science of leadership and, in doing so, maximizing the unique talents of both my subordinates and myself. Having been a leader in the NJROTC program, I know firsthand what it means to lead and how rewarding it is to see subordinates grow and succeed. Leadership is important to me not because of power or status, but because of the inherent ability of a leader to help his/her followers fully realize their potential, and in the process, challenge himself/herself to become the best leader possible. There is a powerful sense of accomplishment in leaders who have helped their subordinates navigate the path to success, and that feeling is the ultimate reward for a good leader. In my naval service, I desire to enable both my subordinates and myself to succeed and achieve. I want to become a Naval Officer in order to positively affect the careers and lives of my fellow servicemembers through excellence in leadership, as well as to support and defend the Constitution of the United States through the Uniformed Services Oath of Office and the Navy Core Values. Thank you for your help.