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Jarhead713

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A little more than 4 years ago, I made this post with the same title. Today, I’ll make it again, with a much happier message.

Today, I have earned my commission as a 2nd Lieutenant in the United States Army. These 4 years of college have been so incredibly formative, and the support and love I’ve always received on here has been amazing.

I was rejected 3 times for a scholarship, rejected from West Point, was told my medical waiver was unlikely to be passed, and at times it got so hard I felt like it would be easier to give up. Here I sit, today, with gold bars on my shoulder, a diploma in my hand and a smile on my face.

In 3 weeks I’ll be starting a new job in DC and living in a basement apartment with my SO and (I guess she’s mine now too) our dog. Going to try to help change the world, or something like that.

Thank you all for your support and kind words, I know I haven’t been as active in college as I was in high school, but I always try to come back and impart a little wisdom to those who need it.

Stay in school, drink your milk, go for a run twice a week, and branch FA the King of Battle!

Hotty damn Toddy

-Jarhead
 
A little more than 4 years ago, I made this post with the same title. Today, I’ll make it again, with a much happier message.

Today, I have earned my commission as a 2nd Lieutenant in the United States Army. These 4 years of college have been so incredibly formative, and the support and love I’ve always received on here has been amazing.

I was rejected 3 times for a scholarship, rejected from West Point, was told my medical waiver was unlikely to be passed, and at times it got so hard I felt like it would be easier to give up. Here I sit, today, with gold bars on my shoulder, a diploma in my hand and a smile on my face.

In 3 weeks I’ll be starting a new job in DC and living in a basement apartment with my SO and (I guess she’s mine now too) our dog. Going to try to help change the world, or something like that.

Thank you all for your support and kind words, I know I haven’t been as active in college as I was in high school, but I always try to come back and impart a little wisdom to those who need it.

Stay in school, drink your milk, go for a run twice a week, and branch FA the King of Battle!

Hotty damn Toddy

-Jarhead
Well done, BZ (Bravo Zulu is sea service version), you are someone who has gone over, around or through every obstacle to reach this goal. Welcome to the family.

You have contributed much here, and I suspect you will pay forward any kindness, support and warmth you found here to those you are privileged to lead.

When I was a JO, my leadership philosophy slowly coalesced around 2 tenets, and later I added a third. Think about yours, be the best human you can be, and I shall reserve an entire grocery store shelf of popcorn awaiting your future updates. Your peer insights are invaluable.

Leadership philosophies don’t have to be fancy. This is mine, still, and there has been and will be a lot of imperfection along the way.
- I can take bad news. This means I am committed to never shooting the messenger. The sooner I know about a problem, the sooner we can start to work on the solution. I’ll expect you to come to me with the full truth and some recommendations on the fix, and then it’s our problem.
- It’s my job to make this a place where you can do your best work. Set priorities, fight for resources, make decisions, clear the path of obstacles, communicate clearly, actively listen, be consistent and fair, get out of your way or hold you on course - I will do whatever it takes.
- And, avoid hubris. Remain teachable. (I added this as a mid-grade officer, after I saw too many senior officers get carried away with themselves.)

Don’t forget one of your career goals is to become a mod here one day. 😉
 
A little more than 4 years ago, I made this post with the same title. Today, I’ll make it again, with a much happier message.

Today, I have earned my commission as a 2nd Lieutenant in the United States Army. These 4 years of college have been so incredibly formative, and the support and love I’ve always received on here has been amazing.

I was rejected 3 times for a scholarship, rejected from West Point, was told my medical waiver was unlikely to be passed, and at times it got so hard I felt like it would be easier to give up. Here I sit, today, with gold bars on my shoulder, a diploma in my hand and a smile on my face.

In 3 weeks I’ll be starting a new job in DC and living in a basement apartment with my SO and (I guess she’s mine now too) our dog. Going to try to help change the world, or something like that.

Thank you all for your support and kind words, I know I haven’t been as active in college as I was in high school, but I always try to come back and impart a little wisdom to those who need it.

Stay in school, drink your milk, go for a run twice a week, and branch FA the King of Battle!

Hotty damn Toddy

-Jarhead
CONGRATS JARHEAD!!!!!!
 
A little more than 4 years ago, I made this post with the same title. Today, I’ll make it again, with a much happier message.

Today, I have earned my commission as a 2nd Lieutenant in the United States Army. These 4 years of college have been so incredibly formative, and the support and love I’ve always received on here has been amazing.

I was rejected 3 times for a scholarship, rejected from West Point, was told my medical waiver was unlikely to be passed, and at times it got so hard I felt like it would be easier to give up. Here I sit, today, with gold bars on my shoulder, a diploma in my hand and a smile on my face.

In 3 weeks I’ll be starting a new job in DC and living in a basement apartment with my SO and (I guess she’s mine now too) our dog. Going to try to help change the world, or something like that.

Thank you all for your support and kind words, I know I haven’t been as active in college as I was in high school, but I always try to come back and impart a little wisdom to those who need it.

Stay in school, drink your milk, go for a run twice a week, and branch FA the King of Battle!

Hotty damn Toddy

-Jarhead
OUTSTANDING! Well done! You are the very definition of DON'T QUIT! Congrats, Sir!
 
A little more than 4 years ago, I made this post with the same title. Today, I’ll make it again, with a much happier message.

Today, I have earned my commission as a 2nd Lieutenant in the United States Army. These 4 years of college have been so incredibly formative, and the support and love I’ve always received on here has been amazing.

I was rejected 3 times for a scholarship, rejected from West Point, was told my medical waiver was unlikely to be passed, and at times it got so hard I felt like it would be easier to give up. Here I sit, today, with gold bars on my shoulder, a diploma in my hand and a smile on my face.

In 3 weeks I’ll be starting a new job in DC and living in a basement apartment with my SO and (I guess she’s mine now too) our dog. Going to try to help change the world, or something like that.

Thank you all for your support and kind words, I know I haven’t been as active in college as I was in high school, but I always try to come back and impart a little wisdom to those who need it.

Stay in school, drink your milk, go for a run twice a week, and branch FA the King of Battle!

Hotty damn Toddy

-Jarhead
Congrats. Pop back here once in a while.
 
A little more than 4 years ago, I made this post with the same title. Today, I’ll make it again, with a much happier message.

Today, I have earned my commission as a 2nd Lieutenant in the United States Army. These 4 years of college have been so incredibly formative, and the support and love I’ve always received on here has been amazing.

I was rejected 3 times for a scholarship, rejected from West Point, was told my medical waiver was unlikely to be passed, and at times it got so hard I felt like it would be easier to give up. Here I sit, today, with gold bars on my shoulder, a diploma in my hand and a smile on my face.

In 3 weeks I’ll be starting a new job in DC and living in a basement apartment with my SO and (I guess she’s mine now too) our dog. Going to try to help change the world, or something like that.

Thank you all for your support and kind words, I know I haven’t been as active in college as I was in high school, but I always try to come back and impart a little wisdom to those who need it.

Stay in school, drink your milk, go for a run twice a week, and branch FA the King of Battle!

Hotty damn Toddy

-Jarhead
Great stuff. Hard to believe it’s been 4 years. Please keep us posted on your adventures! Congratulations!!!!!
 
I must say, I'm getting a little emotional here. I love those who give the one finger salute to the naysayers and obstructionists and win against the odds.

I believe your life changed when you dropped that bad habit by dropping that cigarette from your mouth.
 
Congratulations Jarhead! Capt MJ commented on how valuable your peer insights have been. I've followed your posts for a while as you and my DS seem to have run parallel courses on your way to being an officer, both overcoming several challenges along the way. It's been your insight that's helped me, help him. So thank you very much. I believe I missed your post about branching, what did you end up branching? Are you going AD/guard/reserve?

Again, congrats to you and here's wishing you a successful career!
 
It's not only @Devil Doc who is emotional with this happy news. I cried reading this. @Jarhead713 you brought us on your journey and your contributions to the forum will help many for years to come. You have always had a self-deprecating sense of humor (my favorite kind), humility, kindness, and wicked wit. Those traits, along with your dogged determination to reach your goals will serve you, and those you lead well.

Bravo Zulu to you, don't be a stranger. I'm so stinking proud of you!!!

Off to get more tissues.
 
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