Posted on May 25, 2018
SGT Luis Guzman
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This is draft 2 of my essay. There was a lot of great feed back from the community and I am looking for more critiques. My biggest problem personally is that I am having a hard time stream lining it. I believe there is too much fluff in certain areas and not enough detail in others. Thank you for any help.


I have always had a desire to serve and be a part of something bigger than myself. This was true when I first enlisted in the Army, with my current civilian job working for the Department of Energy on a Special Response Team, and my desire to become an officer now. An officer in the Army must not only be able to command and lead those below him/her, but develop policies and procedures that would make it easier for others to command those below them. An officer must know him or herself and know their faults and take personal responsibility.
As an enlisted soldier I earned the rank of SGT in under two and a half years, and lead teams in two different deployments. I have no doubt that I would have had a successful career as an enlisted soldier, if I continued down that path. The biggest thing that was holding me back is that I knew that I could do so much more for the Army as an officer versus a non-commissioned officer. As a junior enlisted and a non-commissioned officer my advice was sought after by non-commissioned officers and officers. I researched and developed new standard operating procedures for our unit and individual teams during our deployments. I will always cherish my time as an NCO though, and would not change that experience for anything. After graduating summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in Homeland Security and Emergency Management, my journey to becoming a commissioned officer began to take shape.
I will become the success to emulate as a commissioned officer. I will challenge my subordinates and peers to aim higher, achieve more and strive for the best in all. There will be different opportunities and challenges along the way, but I have never shied away from difficult situations. With the example I set as an officer, and the leadership that I bring to the unit, I will ensure mission readiness and troop welfare are at the forefront. In doing so, I will also help the overall mission of the Army.
Regardless of the field, my combination of education and leadership skills obtained as a non-commissioned officer, will aid in me striving to become an officer that both superiors and subordinates look to for leadership and advice. In the end, I am not looking to become an officer for what it can do for me, but what I can do for the Army. When the unit and people under my command succeed at their mission and raise the bar for the next soldiers that come along, that will be my reward. For being an officer is being in command, but in the end realizing that you are there to serve the needs of those under you and the Army at large.
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Bob Drake
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You need an intro, body, and summary. I focused on Leadership, Mission of the military, and being a pillar of the community. Keep it simple and not wordy. You want to show off the trees, not the forest.
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Your reasoning and whatnot for wanting to be an officer is solid. I'd change the format though. You need to say why you'd be a good officer in the first paragraph. You sort of did that at first but then went into what an officer is and does. When you write in the military, assume that the reader isn't going to read the entire paper (a lot of the time this is in fact the case). So get your point across up front. You want to be part of something bigger, you have past experience as an NCO, etc. THEN, in the following paragraphs explain those points. You made SGT in 2 years, you led teams on deployments, your education, etc. The last paragraph is your summary. Restate the purpose again. Something like, "Based on the vast experience, etc. etc. described above, I feel I'd best serve the Army as an officer.

Just my 2 cents.
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