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We Want You

Feb 12, 2023

Keenan Wittman

We will always need our military, for we, as a nation, need a defense. Not just security, but also a sense of discipline, mentorship, a teacher for future generations what it means to contribute to something bigger than all of us. With that being said, the military consistently demands individuals who can fill those boots.

A recent graduate of the University of New Hampshire’s Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) program, who shall remain anonymous, believes in just that: the recruiting of “good, educated, and motivated service members.” Motivated in the sense of learning to love the routines that might make your back hurt at first. Educated in terms of understanding when to listen and when to speak; and only speaking with confidence knowing that your knowledge is the greatest weapon as opposed to the weapon that does real damage.

This soldier is currently deployed at Operation Atlantic Resolve in Poland where he is earning his rank among the motivated and educated. “I have been given the opportunity to lead some amazing soldiers through extremely demanding operations. The experience has been extremely rewarding and developmental for me,” he claims. Though challenging, the experience is rewarding; perhaps the difficulty is what proves a reward’s authenticity.

From cultivating and leading teams of 23 to 146 soldiers to mentoring individual soldiers throughout various operations to exploring the world. Could there be any drawbacks to life in the army? The answer is yes. You’re not only working from sunrise to sunset, you could be called into duty at any moment of the day or night. This lifestyle is 24 hours a day and seven days a week; it’s not meant to be easy for just anyone.

Being far from home can be difficult, the demanding and physical work hours can be tough on the knees. If that is not enough, global violence can scar anyone no matter how immune the mind might be. Nevertheless, according to our soldier stationed in Poland, these challenges; all mental, emotional, and physical, generate personal development. Through bonding with your unit, by waking up at 05:00 every day, communicating your weaknesses, and celebrating triumphs, you develop as a human; you become a better one every day.


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