Hi! I am a freshman at Heritage High School in Brentwood, CA. I want to become a doctor in the Marine Corps, and plan on being a career officer. I am a hopeful prospective cadet to the USNA. I do cross country, advanced band (only freshie in there!), with leadership in the Band Council. I also do community service weekly, and will be enrolling in National Honor Society. I have also been in Honor Society (academics) every singer school year. At my school, I am also leading the establishment of a Marine Corps JROTC unit, directing the efforts of my team, and helping the school district apply. I'm also a freshman... in Alg 2! Why do I want to serve? believe everyone is entitled to serve their country (which is service besides paying taxes!), and the Marine Corps reflects my style of service, for it is an elite community of dedicated professionals. We don't apply to be Marines; we commit to it. As officers, we can lead by example, committee, or default. Few can be Marines, and even fewer can lead them successfully. As an officer, your leadership will impact the future of this nation. How do we inspire ourselves to greatness when nothing else will do? I don't want to join the Corps because I am a blood-thirsty war mongrel. War is hell on earth, and it has no discrimination on who it affects. Civilians, lovers, women, men, servicepeople, and children all lose their lives to the ruthless savagry of war. Most people go in thinking its an adventure; others know war is hell, and still look forward to the adventure. I admit to such thinking myself. But you can never respect war in its true aspect until you see it on the front lines, and the terrible price we pay for freedom. I want to join because someone must fight if we are going to have freedom. I'm also thinking of graduating 1 yr early from high school, because I can. How will this affect my admissions schedule to the USNA?