Being around the sailors has done nothing but increase my desire to lead, excel, and become a role model. I am seeking a commission for several reasons, but my primary aim is to give something back to a nation that has allowed me to live free. Pursuant to this goal, I wish to be in a position of optimal effectiveness in the context of service to my country, and I feel my skills and capabilities are best suited to the tasks assigned to a United States Naval Officer. I am a very motivated and focused individual who takes tremendous pride in fostering professional, personal, and leadership development; thrives under pressure, and is willing without hesitation to accept responsibility for difficult jobs and for the performance of my troops.I know these traits will be vital to success, and allow me to excel in the vocation of an Officer. I take tremendous pride in developing working environments that is truly non-discriminatory, where opportunities are earned, not given, and hard work is rewarded and valued; a place where excellence is expected, appreciated, and encouraged. I feel a career as a Naval Officer will provide me a much broader opportunity to get where I want to be. I also wish to become an Officer in order to be an example to others in similar situations and of like mind and potential, to show them that they can do something exceptional with their lives if they have the proper motivation and determination. I strongly believe that earning a commission will present this opportunity, and will help me to become the person I want to be.