**First thanks for the reviews/criticism of my original rough draft. This is more or less my 3rd draft. Ran it by my commands Career Counselor he says its solid could use "something" tho. Anyways feel free to make suggestions or critiques...more eyes the better**
Imagine waking up going to work sitting in front of a panel of complicated controls while hovering hundreds of feet in the air. Sounds thrilling, yet bizarre for most, but you could say that’s another day at the office for an Army aviator. Once I found out I had the opportunity of doing this same thing, I knew I had to try to make it into a reality.
Subsequently I earned my Bachelors in Economics from the University of Kansas; along the way I had the opportunity to intern with the university’s “Student Money Management Services”. My job was to aid my peers, who were once like me seeking financial advice, build plans for economic success. The most rewarding part about that job was the satisfaction of directly helping someone who was in need; you couldn’t put a price on that feeling. Though I love the financial field, I wanted a career where I directly helped individuals in a bigger and more exciting way. As an Army Aviator I can accomplish this by supporting service members in the air and in the office.
Currently working as an avionics technician (AT) has given me the opportunity to be a part of a bigger community. Passing both “A” school and “C” school with a 95% average I’ve picked up avionics with relative ease. Since I’ve been at my command I have learned how to efficiently troubleshoot several navigation systems and have been active in command events/organizations. It’s been almost four years since I first reached out to a recruiter and since then I’ve tremendously grown, not just as a sailor, but also as a person. Whether it’s volunteering as a “Big Brother”, pursuing an MBA, or taking small leadership roles, I’m always finding new ways to better myself so that I can in return better those around me. My superiors see this in me as well and fortunately evaluated an early promotion to E4. Though I have seen recent success as an AT, It hasn’t completely satisfied my desire in helping my brothers in arms.
If granted the opportunity to be a commissioned officer, I would not only be a successful pilot, but even a better leader. My belief in myself stems from where I’ve been -knowing what it does and does not take to properly lead. Seeing the chain of command from the bottom up one understands as a junior the best leadership is by example. By leading through example I can foster a positive work environment thus bettering the whole crew. Applying as a prior/technician, I also understand the dynamic relationship between maintenance and crew. Already having the ability to work as a team, I will have no problem piloting alongside those involved in the overall mission. In the words of retired four-star General Colin Powell “Success is the result of perfection, hard work, learning from failure, loyalty, and persistence.” For the past four years I have been working harder than ever on perfecting who I can be and doing everything in my control to make a commission a reality. I hope that you also see this potential and grant me the opportunity to further succeed by becoming an aviator in the United States Army. Thank you for your time and consideration in this important matter.