explain why I would like to become a United States Naval Officer

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The focus of this personal statement is to express my intent to pursue Civil Engineer Corps (CEC) as my primary option under the Seaman to Admiral–21 Program, and explain why I would like to become a United States Naval Officer.

– Personal and professional goals. The applicant*s personal statement should address why the Sailor wants to become an officer, how the Sailor*s selection would improve the Navy, and why the Sailor is applying for a specific option. 

When a Sailor first checks in the command, one of the first things s/he’s asked is, “What are your professional and personal goals; long term and short term?” This question is like a cloud over my head pretty much every day, except it has a variation: “What will I accomplish today and tomorrow?” I am very motivated and driven individual who would like to achieve and conquer new challenges. I do not like being stagnant, hence I make sure that my time conducted productively at all times. I pick up collateral duties, volunteer, mentor my troops, and take college courses. However, there seems to be a void inside me still. There is another goal I would like to achieve: to be an officer. That is both professional and personal goals. The professional reason is the changes and improvements I’ve seen in the battalion chain of command structure. An officer does not mean being disconnected from the troops anymore. Junior Officers get to lead troops as a Platoon Commander. The interaction is still there whether I become a Chief or an Officer. The biggest difference is as an Enlisted becoming an Officer; I can mentor from the wardroom and not be limited to just within the workplace. I have an advantage, per se, because I have real world experience and application.

– Strengths/personal characteristics you possess which will contribute to success in the program(s) to which you are applying. Sailors must also address any hardships or unique experiences that shaped their character. Additionally, applicants should explain any mitigating issues the board needs to consider (i.e. poor high school or college grades and unexplained gaps).

With the experiences I have gained these past 11 and a half years, I have learned the true value of flexibility and readiness. The willingness to accept and succeed in jobs assigned whether they are outside of my rate, have only developed me as stronger person. I was the Engineering Aide Shop Supervisor on top of being Fitness Leader, Financial Specialist, Duty Section Leader, and direct support for 3 construction projects. I wanted to preoccupy my off-time while deployed by taking NCPACE Calculus II. I spent late nights doing homework and studying every night to prepare for midterm and final exams. Months after deployment, the college posted my grade as a failure. I contacted the college for the reasoning, but I was only given a short explanation that is the grade I got. I felt defeated for what felt like wasted nights pushing myself just to be awarded with a big F. I overcame this by retaking the course on an on-site college and got the A that I know I deserved. I was ready to face the same course by being flexible with my methodology. By experiencing defeat, I learned to be stronger to tackle challenges by approaching it from a different vantage.

– Core Values (Honor, Courage, Commitment) mean to you and how you think they will apply to you as an officer in the U.S. NavyThe Navy needs innovative and bold men and women to lead, think creatively, challenge assumptions, and take well-calculated risks. Today’s Navy is composed of men and women representing dozens of different ethnic groups and literally hundreds of cultural backgrounds.  The Navy’s ability to meet leadership challenges relies on having leaders from our entire Navy who reflect our very best.

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