I read a thread where another person posted their summary and everyone brutally critiqued it. Please do the same for mine? lol, I anxiously and graciously await any and all constructive criticism.
Disclaimer: this is a draft and I am not married to any of it. I can and will take all suggestions. Thank you in advance to anyone of you who would like to offer your assistance.
Almost every position I have held including Platoon Sergeant was earned at a rank below the rank specified for that position. I became Platoon Sergeant as a SSG(P), and became a Squad leader/Gunner as a PFC. I have not lead the strongest or fastest progressing career by a long shot. However, I have had a positive influence on many leaders and Soldiers alike. Encouraged them to be the absolute best that they can be and to serve the Army in the greatest capacity they can.
I strongly feel I have what it takes, and have proven my worth in the Army to serve the Army as a Warrant Officer It may have taken me a little longer to re-apply than most, but that does not take away from my capabilities or my potential in any way. In 11 years of being a 19K (M1A2 Abrams Tanker) I have gained knowledge and expertise on numerous weapons systems, digital systems for direct fire control, and digital communications, which I believe would ease my transition into Army Aviation. I have had many successes during my career that have molded me into the leader I am today. Most recently, while serving as a Platoon Sergeant I have trained and mentored a young platoon leader, his success and my platoons success is partially attributed to my experience and expertise in multiple mission sets. I have earned an achievement medal for beating out 16 other NCOs at an NCO of the Quarter board. I am one of very few 19K Tankers that hold Air Assault wings and while that alone is not an astronomical achievement, it is a measure of success and shows my willingness to pursue things outside of my normal mission set. The career I have lead so far has been far from weak, and I have out paced all of my peers that came up through the ranks with me. I believe all of my experience and knowledge make me an ideal candidate for the United States Army Warrant Officer program, and you will not regret my selection.
"Why I want to be an Army Aviator"
There is just one thing that I cannot achieve while remaining a Tanker or outside of the military, and that is flying military aircraft. Having been a ground troop for nearly 12 years I have experienced the kind of relief and motivation having a bird come in on a CAS mission can provide. Subsequently I know the kind of hope experienced when watching a MEDEVAC bird arrive. These feelings have given me a strong desire to fufill those roles. Specifically I would like to fly Apaches but I would be just as satisfied pulling my wounded brothers or sisters out of a combat zone, or delivering much needed supplies to a remote location. Why did it take me nine years to apply the first time and subsequently almost 12 to apply this time? Simply because I had a list of priorities, and I had Soldiers whom I felt a responsibility towards. I knew I could lead them and set them up for success, but could I guarantee the person who would replace me would? In addition to that responsibility, I needed to hit certain personal milestones in my enlisted career before I could pursue aviation, that first milestone came when I made SSG and then shortly after that I applied to become an Army Aviator the first time, I was FQ-NS twice and decided it wasn't my time. The second milestone came when I made my first board look for SFC, which was HUGE for me. How do I sum this all up, into why I want to be an Army Aviator? I feel that I can offer the Army more as an Aviator than any other broadening assignment they may automatically select for me. I would like more of an active role in the direction my career progresses and my desire for flying hasn’t been something that has decreased, only my desire for leading Soldiers on the ground had to be fulfilled first.