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Thomas high school essay: Be all you can Be

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POSTED April 29, 2009 2:31 a.m.
(Editor’s note: Kristofer Thomas wrote this essay as an assignment his senior year at Roseville High.)

I will be leaving for the U.S. Army on Feb. 7, 2006. My active duty MOS will be Air-Borne Infantry. After I complete Air-Born school, I will learn how to properly jump from thirty-thousand feet into a hostile environment. After that I will go to my first duty station where I will be informed on what assignment I will be performing, whether it be in the U.S. or Overseas. I most likely will go to a hostile country which may include Iraq.
Though this is a controversial issue, it is an issue the U.S. has already been addressing. This is a problem for many both on our side and theirs. We are taking a great risk by fighting this war. For example, if and when we leave, will the Iraqis be truly ready for any and all that oppose them? I became more aware of the problems that we are facing in this country and others- due to the fact that we are at a time of war. I questioned the reasons why we are at war, good and bad. I came to the conclusion that people fighting for the U.S. are everyday people, my brother Nic included. I don’t want to just sit back and watch the casualty numbers climb. I need to do something to help out; that’s why I signed up for the Army. My community and the rest of the U.S. hopefully will benefit from my contribution in the U.S. Army as I will do my best inorder to carry out all  missions assigned to me, hopefully with no casualties. As the weeks and months go by, my departure with the U.S. Army is fast approaching.
I have noticed a change in myself. I see things differently and appreciate what I have. I question what needs to be addressed and talk with more articulate words. I have been helping out others before myself. I have gained an interest in being up to date with the latest news. There are always others willing to make a choice for the greater good of society, to fight for the rights of those that need them the most, whether it would be a fight in the field or a battle against AIDS, whatever  the case may be, we need people to help those who are oppressed, that’s a fact.   

With dreams of becoming a U.S. Army Ranger!!!
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