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Items list for Land Navigation.

When out in the field, there are plenty of key things you will need for land navigation. These things include:

-compass

-protractor

-map

-pencil

-flashlight (night time)

-water source

-comfortable boots

-eye protection (from branches)

-long sleeve clothing

-backpack

-patience*

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Why this life?

I am making the life choice of becoming a U.S Army officer, because I wish to be a part of one of the most prestigious military branches in the world. I want to answer the call of duty, serving my country like my father and grandfathers before me. I come from an Army background, my father being a retired Lieutenant Colonel and combat veteran, having served for 24 years. I love the Army life. I love traveling in and out of the United States. Throughout my life, I have lived in Colorado, Minnesota, South Korea, Georgia, and Nebraska. Without growing up with a military background, I would not have experienced such a vast cultural environment. I love every bit of the Army life. I hope to one day be able to say that I have seen as much of the world as my father has.  I cannot think of a more honorable and fitting lifestyle for me.

The 7 Army Values and Me. 7/7: Personal Courage.

Personal Courage. Personal courage means standing strong in the face of adversity. Standing up for what you believe in your heart and mind is the right thing, regardless of the consequences. Even if “everyone else is doing it”, someone with good personal courage will be the one to say it is not right. I have shown strong personal courage every day, especially on the weekends. When everyone else I know is out drinking and in some occasions doing drugs or other illegal activities, I choose not to. I choose to rise above it and stay away from negative influences. Sometimes it takes a lot of courage and strength to not do what others do when I know it is wrong, but I persevere. I like to be able to hold my head up high when I tell people that I don’t lower myself to that level.

The 7 Army Values and Me. 1/7: Loyalty.

To me, the seven core Army values are not just a few catchy words, they are much more than that. They define what the ideal U.S. soldier is supposed to be, and how he/she is supposed to carry out his/her duty as a U.S. Army Officer.  As a future U.S. Army Officer, the seven core Army values would act as a path to follow throughout my Army career, on and off the job. For each of the seven values, I would like to define what it means, and how it relates to me. The Army values consist of Loyalty, Duty, Respect, Selfless Service, Honor, Integrity, and Personal Courage.

Loyalty. Loyalty means remaining faithful and pledging allegiance to not only the U.S. constitution, but also the Army as a whole, along with soldiers both in and outside of your unit. Being loyal is devoting yourself to the greater cause, to give every ounce of faith. A loyal soldier will stop at nothing to risk all and defend his country, as well as his fellow soldiers. I can relate to the value of loyalty because I have remained loyal to my family, and my faith. Throughout my life, I have remained loyal to my family by always being there for them, protecting them, and being true to them. I have also been loyal to my faith by attending church on a regular basis, and trying my best to live by the example laid before me by the Bible and Jesus Christ.

The 7 Army Values and Me. 5/7: Honor.

Honor. Honor is a combination of respect, loyalty, duty, selfless service, integrity, and personal courage. To live with honor means being highly respectable in all aspects of your life. Becoming an Eagle Scout, in my eyes, is a very honorable opportunity. In order to become an Eagle Scout, I had to participate in the BSA (Boy Scouts of America) program for 6 years, along with Cub Scouts (Junior Boy Scouts) for 4 years. Throughout my Boy Scout career, I had to live by the 12 points of the Scout Law. The Scout Law resembles the seven core Army values, containing several points to live by. The Scout Law consisted of the points: trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, curious, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean, and reverent.  Following these 12 points and earning the rank of Eagle Scout, the highest rank among Boy Scouts, is a long and hard journey. Only about 5 percent of all Boy Scouts reach the rank of Eagle, proving firsthand how prestigious it is to acquire.

The 7 Army Values and Me. 4/7: Selfless Service.

Selfless service means putting others before you. It means to sacrifice for the greater good. To reflect selfless service means committing yourself without the thought of gaining something in your favor.  Being an Eagle Scout, I have shown many selfless services. Throughout Boy Scouts I participated in many community service activities, from trash pickups to canned food drives. Along with participating in community service projects, I also had the opportunity to lead a few. One of the most memorable projects that I lead was when my troop and I refurbished an old little league baseball field for my Eagle Scout project. We made several improvements to the field. A few improvements that we made included: tearing down the old bleachers and team benches that had become rotten and splintered over time and replaced them with new, weather-resistant, wooden benches. We also sanded down the previous backsplash behind home plate and repainted it with a fresh coat of silver, and laid down fresh gravel beneath the bleachers and team benches so that they absorbed water more efficiently. The project was an overall success and the community was very happy with the results, especially the hometown little league team.

The 7 Army Vaules and Me. 3/7: Respect.

Respect. Respect is a simple, yet powerful concept. To me, respect is simply treating others how you wish to be treated. In the Army, as well as daily life, respect is a big piece of the puzzle. Respect gives people the credit they deserve. Without respect, there would be no order or leadership. I display attributes of respect in many occasions. I try my very best to treat others as they would like to be treated. I am a firm believer that respect is earned and not given freely.