Thought I would throw up my summary to get some feed back. I have revamped the whole thing from my last submission.
"After eight years of service to my country, all I want to do more. I joined the Military looking for a brotherhood. A group of people who were there for you on both your worst, and best days. I was promised a family, and a close knit community of like minded people. Knowing that, and already feeling a bond with that community, I decided to enlist so that I could take the place of my fellow Americans who were deployed. I joined the Marine Corps because I wanted to be the best at what I do. (And obviously the snazzy uniform didn't hurt).
When I joined signals intelligence, I had visions of becoming Jason Borne. However, I ended up serving in Okinawa as top secret help desk, and then Twenty-nine Palms as an instructor to Military leaders. While I enjoyed my job as an instructor, and excelled in the technical aspect of signals intelligence, I knew there was still more I could do. And so, in 2014 I switched over to aviation, and subsequently fell in love with flying.
In some aspects, I have had a very rewarding career, especially considering that my one deployment thus far has been humanitarian in nature. It was during my time in Honduras, followed by my experience in Haiti, that I started to feel led to pursue aviation on a more direct level than that of a crew chief. Following Hurricane Matthews destruction of Haiti, we were able to deliver thousands of pounds of food and water treatment systems to areas otherwise cut off to aide. I witnessed a Blackhawk crew performing a rescue mission for one of the local people. I started to truly see the impact that those pilots were making on the world, and I wanted to be a part of that. I want to be the one at the controls, and I want to do this for the rest of my career.
I want to be an Army Aviator so that I can have a distinguished career of direct support to the men and women in harms way. I am prepared to do that through medevac, troop transport, supply runs, direct fire missions, as well as the seemingly mundane tasks that come with being a warrant officer. I love leading my Marines as an NCO, and I can only imagine I would feel the same way about leading Soldiers, even if that does involve a different type of leadership.
Now that I have all the beautiful stuff out of the way, I'd like to address my less than stellar fitness reports. (NCOER)
I was an NCO when I transitioned from signals intelligence to aviation. There is a certain level of qualifications that are expected of an NCO, but are impossible to obtain when serving at a reserve squadron. Due to minimal aircraft, there is not enough maintenance available to get officially qualified in the amount of time I've been serving with this unit. As fitness reports are a reflection of where you stand amongst your peers, I have consistently been graded on the lower end of the pack, but I can assure you, this is not an accurate representation of my leadership and or technical proficiency on my aircraft.
I understand how my aircraft works, and can not only communicate that, but also apply it when it comes to making decisions regarding both our capabilities and limitations. Being that I am not the most experienced crew chief, I take the time to listen, and learn from those who's experience outweighs my own. I am a teacher to junior Marines, always adapting how I teach to ensure they know how to do their job with efficiency and excellence. I instill in them how vital their roll is in the success of our mission, and the safety of our crew. I truly believe in never leaving a fallen comrade, even when most assumed they were a lost cause, and have personally taken "lost causes" and mentored them into outstanding Marines that are excelling in our unit today.
My biggest downfall, is my lack of combat experience, and I do my best to remedy that by reading. I learned from Retired General Mattis, that reading and studying history is essential for those in leadership, being they are the "sentries and coaches for our units." I don't yet have the combat experience required to make a great warrant officer, and while simply studying Military history doesn't make up for that, I am doing the best I can to make up for my inexperience.
In conclusion, I just have to ask that you take a chance on me. I have the potential. I am teachable. I am confident, yet cautious. I have the drive. I have the intellect, physical ability, and the heart. And I also happen to think I look pretty darn good in aviators. Pick me! "